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Nepal, 12 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Representatives of seven Pacific nations have begun arriving here to attend the 26th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific that will review the state of agriculture and food security in the region. Australia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga are sending delegations to the 13 to 17 May 2002 conference, which is being held for the first time in the Himalayan Kingdom [more...]

Nepal, 12 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Increasing the productivity and incomes of resource-poor agricultural workers who feed Asia and the Pacific, yet are hungry themselves, is a central goal ofthe UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the region, a top FAO official told a gathering of Asian civil society groups that concluded here today.Achieving this objective is vital for eliminating hunger from Asia and the Pacific, which has two-thirds of the world’s about [more...]

Nepal, 09 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Representatives of non-governmental and civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs) dealing with food security and poverty in Asia, will gather here on 11 and 12 May to discuss ways of reducing widespread chronic hunger in the region. The consultation will also assess regional progress in meeting the commitments made at the 1996 World Food Summit.Organized in conjunction with the 26th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific from 13 [more...]

China, 07 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Agriculture ministers and senior officers of 40 Asia-Pacific countries are expected to meet here from 13 to 17 May 2002 to review the state of agriculture and food security in the region. The 26th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific marks the first time the major FAO event is held in Nepal. It is one of a series of FAO regional conferences in preparation for a [more...]

Sri Lanka, 23 Apr 2002 -- Bangkok; The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has launched a major initiative to revive food production in Sri Lanka’s northern region, which has been devastated by two decades of internal conflict. After visiting Sri Lanka’s troubled Vavuniya, Mannar and Jaffna districts in January/February 2002, an FAO mission has identified a series of proposals to give new life to agriculture, livestock and fisheries in a region that [more...]

China, 18 Apr 2002 -- Beijing – The role of aquaculture in fighting hunger and poverty and promoting rural development will be the main focus of an international meeting convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) opening in Beijing today.[…] With an overall growth rate of 11 percent a year since 1984, aquaculture, including culture-based fisheries, has been the world’s fastest growing food-producing sector for nearly 20 years. In 1999, [more...]

Thailand, 26 Mar 2002 -- Bangkok – Notwithstanding its tremendous potential, agricultural biotechnology has done little so far to reduce hunger and poverty, which requires making it friendly to tens of millions of resource-poor farmer households in Asia-Pacific countries, says the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).[…] To gain wide acceptance, biotechnology would have to demonstrate not only that it is safe for human health and the ecology, and useful to marginal farmers, but also [more...]

Thailand, 18 Mar 2002 -- Bangkok - In the first such use of information technology on the country’s farms, maize farmers in Thailand will be given computer aided advice to boost yields and reduce environmental pollution, under a new project initiated by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).At the request of the government of Thailand, the world food and agriculture body will assist the country in developing a hand held computer-based farm decision support [more...]

Afghanistan, 12 Mar 2002 -- Rome – Approximately 30 000 families in rural areas of Northern Afghanistan have received 1 500 tonnes of wheat seeds and fertilizers for the spring planting by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN agency said today. FAO estimates that farmers could finally harvest around 16 000 tonnes of wheat from the seeds distributed. “We expect that as a result of the distribution a farmer’s family of six [more...]

22 Feb 2002 -- Bangkok - A likely return of the ‘El Nino’ climatic aberration could affect Asia’s rice harvest in 2002, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations said in a new assessment of global paddy production. Known to take place once every two to seven years, ‘El Nino’ last hit the region during 1997-98 causing severe drought and seriously damaging agricultural production in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Philippines and [more...]