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FAO’s Regional Rice Initiative in Asia gains momentum
Rome, 18 Jun 2014 -- FAO's Regional Rice Initiative in Asia, an effort to make rice farming more productive and sustainable, is gaining momentum, FAO officials announced today. The Initiative was endorsed earlier this year by FAO member States at the 32nd Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Today, the Regional Rice Initiative was given a global platform during a side event at the 149th FAO Council Session in Rome, Italy. The Initiative represents a [more...]

Chile, China and Morocco join others in moving closer to eradicating hunger
Rome, Italy, 17 Jun 2014 -- Chile, China and Morocco today won recognition from FAO for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an achievement that sees them join a growing group of countries to have reached international targets ahead of an end-of-2015 deadline. During a ceremony at FAO headquarters, the Organization's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, awarded diplomas to China and Morocco for obtaining the Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG-1). Chile, which had already reached its MDG-1 target, [more...]

Improved governance of land tenure essential to improve social justice and eradicating hunger and poverty in Asia-Pacific
Pattaya, Thailand, 11 Jun 2014 -- As territorial disputes and competition for increasingly scarce land and natural resources intensify, government and key land stakeholders across Asia and the Pacific are being urged to improve governance relating to issues of land tenure in both rural and urban contexts. “Millions of people, particularly the rural poor, depend on access to farmland, forests, rangeland and fisheries for their livelihoods,” Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and [more...]

A new ecosystem training course to improve management of fisheries in the Asia-Pacific Region
Honolulu, United States and Bangkok, Thailand, 10 Jun 2014 -- A training course which contributes to more practical and effective management of fisheries in Asia and the Pacific was launched today by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) training course recognizes that traditional stock-based fisheries management approaches have often been ineffective in the complex fisheries of the Asia-Pacific region. The ecosystem [more...]

Maize production increases, wheat and rice steady, price pressures ease, world expects record rice harvest – FAO latest food price data
Bangkok, Thailand, 05 Jun 2014 -- More favourable growing conditions and improved supply prospects for maize have eased fears of sharp global price hikes, FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific announced today. In early May, a decline in maize and wheat accounted for global price increases of more than 15 percent since the beginning of 2014. However, the FAO’s Food Price Index and Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, both released today, indicate higher than expected [more...]

FAO and Chinese partners working to unlock carbon finance for herders and grazers
Rome, Italy, 30 May 2014 -- Hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on grasslands to feed the livestock which are the foundation of their livelihoods. Yet poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded - an environmental problem which also has direct implications for livestock-dependent communities. To help address these concerns, FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of [more...]

Improving food safety standards in Asia requires parallel action on improving regional food security
Bangkok, Thailand, 22 May 2014 -- As Asia’s population grows and becomes more affluent and urban based, improvements to food security and food safety will require decisive and coordinated action, a senior FAO official said today. “Improving food safety and food security are important but complex, multi-dimensional issues,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. “Without assurances of effective, internationally accepted standards and codes of practice in place in this [more...]

Future demand for dairy products in Asia expected to soar – sustainability and shared growth with smallholder producers vital
Bangkok, Thailand, 21 May 2014 -- Soaring demand for milk and dairy products will be driven by an insatiable Asian thirst and appetite for decades to come, delegates at an FAO-sponsored regional meeting on dairy production heard today. While that is a positive trend, there are challenges to ensure demand is met in a sustainable way and that smallholder producers also profit from increased production, the FAO said today. Public and private sector experts from the world’s livestock [more...]

Pattaya, Thailand, 20 May 2014 -- The success of sustainable long-term development in Asia and the Pacific will depend on the region’s ability to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, a senior FAO Official today told a UN forum on regional sustainable development to 2015 and beyond. “FAO’s vision for Rio+20 and beyond is to end hunger and make the transition to a sustainable agriculture and food system,” said Sumiter Broca on behalf of Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General [more...]

“Save Food Network Thailand” formed for multi-stakeholder joint collaboration in Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand, 16 May 2014 -- A new multi-stakeholder network has vowed to collaborate in the fight against post-harvest food losses and food waste in Thailand, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The formation of Save Food Network Thailand (SFNET) was inspired by the regional Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign, in which Thailand is among some ten countries across the region participating.   The problem of food loss and food waste cannot be overstated. Worldwide, 30 [more...]