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Agricultural Transformation in Asia: Policy and institutional experiences

2021, 390 p.

The main purpose of this study is to take stock of public sector experiences in facilitating and enabling agricultural transformation in selected countries in Asia. The study focuses on key public sector interventions, in particular policies, legislation and institutional innovations, because these areas have so far not been adequately researched.


Characteristics and performance of fisheries co-management in Asia: Synthesis of knowledge and case studies: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, and Sri Lanka

2021, 120 p.

The case studies present current evidence and experiences from the region and give an overview of co-management application and performance. 


Livelihood zones and adaptive capacity maps of Lao People's Democratic Republic: Part of the Land Resources Information Management System (LRIMS)

2021, 8 p.

The first national livelihood and adaptive capacity dataset in the country has been generated using an innovative method merging participatory mapping, and advanced data treatment and is, in both, technical standard and scientific innovation, state of the art. 


Regional Food Safety Conference for Asia and the Pacific – Conference report

2021, 68 p.

The report presents current food safety situations and opportunities with a particular focus on the needs and opportunities for the region.


Backyard farming and slaughtering – Keeping tradition safe. Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific No. 2

2021, 56 p.

Household and village level animal production is well-aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and is therefore important to maintain, especially in the most populous region in the world. These practices, however, carry a risk of foodborne pathogens contaminating animal-derived foods as well as the risk of disease transmission from the animal or food to humans.



Measuring food safety – Indicators to achieve Sustainable Development Goals:Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific No. 9

2021, 64 p.

By reading the guide, food safety competent authorities will be equipped with instruments and experience-based tips to effectively develop and use food safety indicators, and to tailor them to fit their countries’ contexts.


Slowing down superbugs – Legislation and antimicrobial resistance: Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific No. 8

2021, 36 p.

This document presents in detail the connection between food safety legislation and AMR. It discusses how the maximum residue limits of pesticides and antimicrobials can directly impact AMR.


Bridging the gap: How to get climate services to farmers

2021, 8 p.

The project tested a number of pathways to give farmers access to the Lao Climate Service for Agriculture (LaCSA): village’ public announcement systems, radio, school posters, app, TV, and Farmer Field Schools (FFS).


Guidance on realizing real water savings with crop water productivity interventions

2021, 60 p.

This FAO and Future Water publication contains clear and practical guidelines on how to implement ‘real’ water savings in agriculture through interventions for enhancing crop water productivity. A distinction is made between real water savings and ‘apparent’ water savings. 


Organic foods – Are they safer?:Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific

2021, 40 p.

While organic agriculture may relate to a set of different improved practices, the term organic in and of itself is not a guarantee of food safety. 


Strategic Programme for Agriculture, Fisheries and Agribusiness Development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (SPAFAD-BARMM)

2021, 22 p.

The priorities for technical cooperation between FAO and the BARMM regional government from 2020 to 2022 are to uplift the well-being of the Bangsamoro people by improving their food security and nutrition, and bring about rural progress in the Bangsamoro Region.


Food fraud – Intention, detection and management: Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific

2021, 44 p.

This document describes the key aspects of food fraud, and discusses a set of measures that food safety authorities can take in order to stop the long-lasting problem of food fraud.


Food allergies – Leaving no one behind: Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific No. 4

2021, 45 p.

Food allergies can be lethal. This document illustrates some examples of current practices to establish labelling regulations for food allergens, with a focus on the Japanese case, which was the first country to establish a national regulation to address the topic.


Climate-smart livestock production: A practical guide for Asia and the Pacific

2021, 50p.

Examples of CSL solutions focusing on the efficient use of natural resources include higher yields per hectare, higher water productivity, efficient use of low carbon energy, and the reduction of waste along the value chain.


Society, economy and forests: The unfolding forest transition in China and the lessons for the future

2021, 44 p.

The paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the changes witnessed in the forest sector in China during the last three decades and the key drivers that have contributed to the country’s forest transition.


2020 Asia Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition: Maternal and Child Diets at the Heart of Improving Nutrition

2021, 120 p.

The 2020 report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the Asia and Pacific region, provides an update on progress towards the 2030 targets (SDGs and WHA) at the regional and country level. Selected indicators look at undernourishment, food insecurity, childhood stunting, wasting and overweight, adult overweight, child minimum acceptable diet, exclusive and continued breastfeeding, and anaemia in women and children.


 Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Supply Chains in the Philippines 

2021, 98 p.

This report looks at rural livelihood and agricultural market chains as a critical component of the country’s food security capacity, and the related effects to it of the community restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Information and communication technologies for small-scale fisheries (ICT4SSF) - A handbook for fisheries stakeholders

2020, 114 p.

The aim of this report is to present evidence towards how ICT4SSF might enable and support the implementation of the FAO’s Voluntary SSF Guidelines. We present case studies of ICT4SSF initiatives in different use areas to identify key themes and reflect on successes and failures.


Guidance on Sustainable Cricket Farming: A Practical manual for farmers and inspectors

2020. 84 p.

The manual provides practical guidance to cricket farmers, and a systematic framework to monitor farming practices and ensure food safety and sustainability.


Second rapid assessment of food and nutrition security in the context of COVID-19 in Bangladesh

This second assessment, based on qualitative data collected during May and June 2020,  provides an invaluable and wide-ranging analysis that underlines the scale and scope of COVID-19’s impact on food and agriculture in Bangladesh.

2020, 98 p.




Working with countries of Asia and the Pacific to achieve the 2030 Agenda

2020, 74 p.

This booklet details accomplishments of each of the region's 46 member countries in their progress towards the 2030 Agenda.


Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2019

2019, 84 p.

A special section of this report discusses how to develop social protection programmes that accelerate progress in eradicating hunger and malnutrition.

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The third Asia-Pacific Forest Sector Outlook Study (APFSOS III)

356 p.

Asia-Pacific's forests & landscapes are rapidly changing and a sustainable future is possible.


Dynamic development, shifting demographics and changing diets
172 p.

The story of the rapidly evolving food system in Asia and the Pacific and why it is constantly on the move.

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