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Annexes


Annex 1. Media coverage

13 October

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MCOT news announce WFD observation




16 October

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Announcement on Radio Thailand world service



An interview with He Changchui, ADG/RR on World Food Day celebration



(07:00 o'clock news)





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Public announcement in the Bangkok Post





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Public announcement in the Nation




17 October

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20:00 hrs. news report on WFD celebration at FAO Regional Office on all TV Channels - 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and iTV





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Xinhua report





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Bernama report on receipt of award by Thailand model farmer





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The Hindu report on conferring of award to Indian scientist




18 October

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International Herald Tribune/Thai Day report





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Press Trust of India report on conferring of award to Indian scientist





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Port Vila Press report on conferring of award to model farmer from Samoa




19 October

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Thai News Service report





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Bangkok Post report




21 October

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Press release by Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on national WFD celebration





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An interview with He Changchui, ADG/RR on Radio Thailand local service at Nakorn Sri Thammarat on the national World Food Day celebration in Thailand





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TeleFood video at national WFD celebration, DG's message delivery

Bangkok Post
Wednesday, 19 October 2005

Award for model farmer: HRH Princess Mara Chakri Sirindhom presents an award to 41-year-old model farmer Khun Kha, an ethnic highlander who gave up opium cultivation for other produces. The presentation was held to mark World Food Day at the FAO office on Phra Arthit Road.

Thailand: Agriculture has cultural dimensions

19 October 2005

Thai News Service

Section: General News - Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has urged people to be aware that agriculture is not just about exploitation and adaptation via technological improvements. She pointed out that agriculture has cultural dimensions, saying that in Thailand, the diversity of peoples and cultures is reflected in the variety and even the uniqueness of food and food products.

The statement was part of her address at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on 17 October 2005, when she presided over the World Food Day celebrations. The World Food Day theme for this year, "Agriculture and intercultural dialogue," recalls the contribution of different cultures to world agriculture and argues that sincere intercultural dialogue is a precondition for progress against hunger and environmental degradation.

Her Royal Highness said that, because of the immense progress in communication and the effects of information flow, the biodiversity of the available genetic resources had been exploited and utilized for the benefit of mankind. However, she stressed that people must manage their precious resources carefully to create food security and sustainable agriculture.

The Princess stated that agriculture was considered important economically and culturally in Thailand and many other countries in the region. Thailand, in particular, has managed to utilize plant and animal species to meet its needs and for export. A case in point was that of rice, which was first grown in the region, and Thailand is now the number one exporter in the world. Other examples included the development of tropical fruits and orchids, and the booming livestock and seafood industries.

Therefore, she said, Thailand was one country that had benefited tremendously from its agricultural pursuits and development up to the present. It was also one of the few countries to have transformed itself from an agrarian country to a relatively industrialized one, yet still maintain the importance of agriculture.

The Princess said that poverty and hunger still affected a large number of people in this region. She suggested that concerted efforts should concentrate on the application of relevant and appropriate technologies, improved organization, and support services to help eliminate poverty and hunger. These efforts also required intercultural dialogue to create flexibility, understanding, and the willingness to assist one another.

In his message, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf cited agriculture as a way of life, as heritage, as cultural identity, and as an ancient pact with nature. Most cultures, especially those in which the principal activity is agriculture, have profound religious beliefs, values, and rituals concerning food and respect for the environment.

(Public Relations Department: 18 October 2005)

International Herald Tribune/ThaiDay

THE HINDU

Monday, October 17, 2005: 2125 Hrs

FAO honours Indian agriculture scientist

New Delhi, Oct. 17 (PTI): The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation today honoured Tarannum Kadarbhai, a model farm scientist of Maharashtra, for her contributions in the areas of agricultural science.

The 39-year-old agriculture scientist from Baramati block in Pune district was conferred with the prestigious award by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom at FAO's regional office in Bangkok, an FAO release said.

The scientist has been imparting training to farmers on latest technology in order to help them increase production, productivity and income from agriculture and allied sectors on a sustained manner, it said.

Kadarbhai is the lone female training organiser at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, district level farm science centre established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.


New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI): The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation today honoured Tarannum Kadarbhai, a model farm scientist of Maharashtra, for her contributions in the areas of agricultural science.

18 October 2005

The Press Trust of India Limited

The 39-year-old agriculture scientist from Baramati block in Pune district was conferred with the prestigious award by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom at FAO's regional office in Bangkok, an FAO release said.

The scientist has been imparting training to farmers on latest technlogy in order to help them increase production, productivity and income from agriculture and allied sectors on a sustained manner, it said.

Kadarbhai is the lone female training organiser at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, district level farm science centre establised by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.


Ex-Opium Grower Thailand's Model Farmer

BANGKOK, Oct 17 (Bernama) - A 41-year-old Hmong hill tribe woman whose family used to grow opium has been selected as Thailand's model farmer in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the 25th World Food Day.

Kha Taechalertphana of Nong Hoi Kao village in Chiang Mai province received the award from Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the Asia-Pacific regional observance of the World Food Day at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific here Monday.

"I am very happy. I can't believe I am getting recognised for my work," she said.

Kha's family used to grow opium but she became a vegetable farmer following her involvement with Nong Hoi's Royal Project Development Centre.

The centre is part of the Royal Project Foundation created in 1969 by the King of Thailand.

Focused on improving the lives of poor people in remote border areas, the King's Royal initiative is aimed at helping to develop agriculture, to reduce opium cultivation, to preserve forests and to manage land.

FAO also gave awards to Dr T.A. Kadarbhai, a model agricultural scientist and extension worker from India, Rentsen Tsogtbuyan, a model farmer in mixed cultivation of crops and livestock from Mongolia and Felix Nguyen, a model aquaculturalist from Vanuatu.

The United Nations agency said Kha became chairperson of the Nong Hoi Women's Group at the age of 21 and is an active member of Nong Hoi's Vegetable Growing Group since 1984.

Last year, the mother of four made 450,000 baht (about RM45,000) from vegetable farming.

She maintained the quality of her soil by practising crop rotation and currently grows Chinese spinach, cabbage, lettuce and carrots.

- BERNAMA


FAO urges intercultural dialogue and partnership in halving poverty

17 October 2005

Xinhua News Agency

BANGKOK, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) - The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on Monday called for the contribution of different cultures and their partnership and support to world agriculture in the process to eradicate poverty and achieve food security.

In commemorating the 60th anniversary of the FAO's foundation in Quebec, Canada and marking the 25 observance of World Food Day, this year' WFD theme stresses agriculture and intercultural dialogue as key element to obtain food security and root out poverty.

"I'd like to emphasize the WFD call for the political will, strength of mind, determination and courage to address equity issues that are of fundamental importance, not only to world's more than 800 million undernourished people but to all present and future inhabitants of our mother earth, concerning economic development and the improvement of living standards worldwide," said He Changchui, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.

Thanks to the efforts of millions of farmers, the creativity of scientists and the growth of industry, trade and communications, mankind now can produce more than enough food to feed people. Average daily food intake per day has risen by 23 percent since 1945.

However, the world is not free from hunger. Today, more than 850 million people worldwide still suffer from chronic undernutrition. In Asia and the Pacific region, characterized by both diversity and disparity, over 617 million poor and 543 million undernorished people still struggled on the brink of pain and distress.

Civil society and non-governmental organizations which have a strong influence on the human kind agenda is of equal importance in addressing the issue of hunger, said He.

After 20 months of tough negotiations, voluntary guidelines that would support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security have been adopted by FAO's Council.

"Our concerted efforts should concentrate on the application of relevant and appropriate technologies, improved organization and support services to help eliminated poverty and hunger," the respected Princess of Thailand, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, noted in her speech.

The efforts require intercultural dialogue to create flexibility, understanding and the willingness to assist one another, the princess added.

Monday's commemorating ceremony also witnessed the presentation of FAO awards to four model farmers from India, Mongolia, Thailand and Vanuatu who have dedicated to their specific field and make outstanding contributions to helping the poor.

Hon. Misa TeleFoni Fetzlaff, deputy prime minister and minister of health of Samoa, delivered a key note speech on this year's WFD theme Agriculture and Intercultural Dialogue.


Daily Times

Sunday, October 16, 2005

World Food Day: Food security pledged for all

ISLAMABAD: President General Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Sikandar Hayat Bosan, the Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock, have praised the efforts of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for promoting agriculture internationally and also its drive to alleviate poverty in the world on the World Food Day.

They pledged the commitment of the Pakistan government in achieving food security for all. They thanked the international community and the UN agencies, which had supported Pakistan after the earthquake.

"I take this opportunity to appeal to the United Nations and all other international organisations to donate generously. We are facing a national calamity and need all their help. The World Food Day has been celebrated worldwide. I appreciate FAO for promoting agriculture across cultures, nations and civilisations. The World Food Summit and the special programme for Food Security launched under the auspices of the FAO are two successful initiatives. In Pakistan, we have been able to establish the Crop Maximisation Programme for Food Security with FAO support and this programme has received worldwide recognition," said President Musharraf. In his message, the prime minister said that globalisation and new means of communications had promoted closer bilateral, multilateral, inter-regional and international dialogue among people at all levels. online


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FAO award for model aquaculturalist from Vanuatu

Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Bangkok, 17 October 2005 - Today, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented an FAO award to Felix Nguyen for outstanding achievements in aquaculture. The celebration was held during the World Food Day observance at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. The text of the award citation is presented below.

Model aquaculturist from Vanuatu

Felix Nguyen hails from Vanuatu, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Many people on this island nation are of mixed origins, but Felix is unique because his father is Vietnamese and his mother is Ni-Vanuatu, the local and dominant ethnic group. Mr Nguyen's father had traveled to the South Pacific islands to work as a coffee and cocoa planter.

"When I was growing up my father told me almost every night that he came to Vanuatu because of hunger, not for the pleasure. He came to work, to bring money back to his first family in Vietnam" says Mr Nguyen.

Today, Mr Nguyen says he doesn't want other people to be hungry. Since 1986, he has been working with the Vanuatu government on fishing projects with rural farmers. He wants to focus on the aquaculture industry to help poor communities on the islands. Today, Mr. Nguyen has helped to start fishing projects in inland communities, and is working on the first-ever aquaculture fish farm in Vanuatu alongside FAO officials.

"We have in the sea depleted stocks of fish and shellfish, so the main thing is to move towards aquaculture," says Felix. "Our population is growing very fast, and we have shortage of fish in the markets. We have so many rivers back in Vanuatu, and no work done on freshwater, so through the help of the South Pacific Commission in New Caledonia, and training from Fiji, I decided to go back and start fish farms."

Mr Nguyen says the purpose of his work is simple: to provide food security for rural communities living on remote islands of Vanuatu.


MEDIA RELEASE
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER

AA 05 095 17 October 2005

UN World Food Day

It is pleasing to note on World Food Day that the Australian Government will provide up to $8 million for a new Seeds of Life program aimed at helping to improve food security in East Timor through increased crop production.

Seeds of Life 2 will be funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Not having sufficient food for months of the year is a problem most Australians would find difficult to imagine. However, this is a reality for many East Timorese, where about half the population, or 480,000 people, are vulnerable to food shortages each year. As a result malnutrition rates are amongst the highest in the world.

Through the first stage of the Seeds of Life program, new varieties of staple crops such as sweet potato, maize, rice, peanut and cassava were tested on experiment stations to find higher yielding varieties than those currently grown.

Seeds of Life 2 will move to on-farm testing to ensure the crops are suitable for farmers. Importantly, the program will continue to focus on strengthening East Timor's own systems for seed testing, production and distribution. Improved crop productivity has a direct impact on poverty, and may also reduce pressure on urban areas in East Timor, which are experiencing continual rural-urban drift.

Hunger remains a serious problem globally, not just in East Timor. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that more than 850 million people in developing and transition countries continue to suffer from lack of food, despite there being enough grown world-wide to feed everyone.

In May 2003, the Australian Government announced it would contribute $1 billion over five years to programs and initiatives that would enhance food security for people in developing countries with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition, Australia recognises that open international trade will improve food security in the long-term. To this end it helps developing countries undertake domestic reform where necessary to strengthen internal markets and increase agricultural productivity and supporting infrastructure.

World Food Day is a United Nations event held on 16 October each year to draw attention to the plight of people around the world who go hungry every day.

WORLD FOOD DAY TODAY-President stresses tech transfer to boost farm output

Sunday October 16 2005 09:53:34 AM BDT

The president, Iajuddin Ahmed, on Saturday underlined the need for exchanging information, transferring technology and holding dialogue among various countries to raise agricultural production.

'Exchange of information and culture, technology transfer, communication and dialogue among various countries can play an important role in raising agricultural production,' he said in a message on the eve of the World Food Day.

This year's theme of the day is 'agriculture and inter-cultural dialogue.'

Describing Bangladesh as an agro-based country, he said that Bangladesh achieved self-sufficiency in food production due to concerted efforts taken by the country's agricultural scientists, extension and field workers, and farmers dedicated to agriculture.

BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA, Dhaka


FAO representative for World Food Day today

18 October 2005

The Hindu

About 250 delegates including officials, academicians and representatives of several NGOs will attend the World Food Day-2005 celebrations being organised here on Tuesday. Daniel J. Gustafson, representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to India and Bhutan, and former Union Minister Yoginder K. Alagh will deliver lectures as part of the event.

P. Somasekhar Rao, FAO national programme coordinator (land and water), and K.A.S. Mani, project leader, Andhra Pradesh Farmer Managed Groundwater System Project (APFAMGS), which is jointly organising the celebrations, told a press conference here on Monday that the theme of this year's World Food Day was "Agriculture and inter-cultural dialogue."

Release of report

Mr. Mani said reports of Food and Nutrition survey in over 600 habitations spread over Anantapur, Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda and Prakasam districts by APFAMGS and its nine partner NGOs would also be released on the occasion. APFAMGS is a 30-month Rs. 20 crores project being implemented in seven districts.

Prof. Alagh, a former Union Minister, would release a book "Springs of Life," on the country's water resources.

Annex 2. List of guests

The following is a list of selected guests who attended the regional observance of World Food Day at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on Monday, 17th October 2005.

Guest of Honour

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Guest speaker

Hon. Misa Telefoni Retzlaff, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Samoa

Model farmers

T.A. Kadarbhai (Dr/Mrs), scientist in agriculture and related sciences, India

Rentsen Tsogtbuyan, mixed crop farming and livestock cultivation, Mongolia

Kha Taechalertphana (Mrs), hilltribe farming, Thailand

Felix Nguyen, aquaculturist, Vanuatu

Office of the Privy Councillors

HE Ampol Senanarong, Privy Councillor for Royal Agricultural Project

HE Sawasdi Wattanayakorn, Privy Councillor for Royal Agricultural Project

Royal Thai Government

Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives

HE Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives

Banphot Hongthong, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary

Apichart Pongsrihadulchai, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary

Suthiporn Chirapanda, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Secretary-General of National FAO Committee

Pinit Korsieporn, Deputy Secretary-General, Office of Agricultural Economics

Jaranthada Karnasut (Ms), Deputy Director-General, Department of Fisheries

Panitha Sathikarn (Ms), Office of the Secretary-General, Agricultural Land Reform Office

Duanghatai Danvivathana (Mrs), Director of Foreign Agricultural Relations Division, Deputy Secretary-General, National FAO Committee

Korntip Seneewong Na Ayudhaya (Mrs), Director, Division of International Organization

Saranya Busaparoek (Ms), Chief, International Cooperation and Special Project Group

Phongpenkea Devahusdin (Ms), Chief of Foreign Affairs Co-ordination Group

Kasem Prasutsaengchan, Senior Policy and Plan Analyst, Foreign Agricultural Relation Division

Tanida Sitchawat (Ms), Policy and Plan Analyst, Office of Foreign Agricultural Relation Division

Margaret C. Yoovatana (Ms), Policy and Plan Analyst, International Cooperation and Special Project Group

Supakij Samthupakij, Policy and Plan Analyst, Office of Agricultural Economics

Nithiwadee Aran-anurak (Ms), Office of Department of Agricultural Extension

Chalita Thongsamai (Mrs), Office of the Permanent Secretary

Prakongsri Hantrakarnpong (Mrs), Office of the Permanent Secretary

Pitchakorn Chammorn (Ms), Office of the Permanent Secretary

Suthat Pleumpanya, Director, Bureau of Highland Agriculture Development

Tasanee Srimongkol (Mrs), Bureau of Highland Agriculture Development

Universities

Nipa Rojroongwasinkul (Ms), Deputy Director, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University

Kanjapat Korsieporn (Ms), Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University

Other ministries, organizations, non-governmental organizations and associations

Khunying Ambhorn Meesook, President, Foundation for Life-long Education

Sumet Tantivejakul, Secretary-General, Chaipattana Foundation

Sirirat Ayuwathana (Ms), Director, Bureau of Social Welfare Service, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security

Sudawadee Tejanant (Ms), Director-Special Project Management Division, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security

Sitthisak (Dr), Office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration

Laddawan Bua-aiem (Ms), Office of the Director-General, The Public Relations Department

Varaporn Youngrod (Ms), Office of the Deputy Director-General, The Public Relations Department

Embassies



China

Zhang Wanhai, Counsellor and Permanent Representative to ESCAP



Holy See

Brian Udaigwe, Counsellor, Apostolic Nunciature



Indonesia

Sunten Z. Manurung, Minister Counsellor



Iran

Aliakbar Nazari, Third Secretary



Kazakhstan

Saken Seidualiyev, Charge d'Affaires



Philippines

Stephanie Beatriz O Valera, Second Secretary and Consul (Cultural)



USA

Rodrick Mc. Sherry, Agricultural Counsellor



United Nations



ICAO

Lalit B. Shah, Regional Director



UNAIDS

Patrick Brenny, Country Coordinator



UNDP

Joanna Merlin-Scholtes (Mrs), UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative



UNDP

Barbara Orlandini, Inter-Agencies Support Unit Manager



UNDP

Angus Miller, Common Services Manager



UNIDO

Vorawan, Department of Industrial Works, UNIDO



UNOPS

Fida H. Shah, Regional Coordinator, UN Office for Project Services



WHO

William L. Aldis, Representative to Thailand

Annex 3. Organizing secretariat

Steering committee

Changchui He, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative (Chairperson)
H. Konuma, Deputy Regional Representative
N.M. Hla, Chief, Management Support Unit
M. Hazelman, Senior Extension, Education and Communications Officer
T. Ayazi, Meetings and Publications Officer
D. de Vleeschauwer, Information Officer (Secretary)

Organizing committees

Invitations, reception and protocol
H. Konuma, Chairperson
D. de Vleeschauwer
Kanokporn Chansomritkul (Ms)
Vishnu Songkitti (Master of Ceremony)
Kanjerat Boonyamanop (Ms)
Monpilai Youyen (Ms)
Panida Jongkol (Ms)
Amy Tanachiva (Ms)
Navaporn Liangchevasunthorn (Ms)
Nawarat Chalermpao (Ms)
Rangrong Sodamak (Ms)
Kallaya Meechantra (Ms)
Umpaiwan Pipatanavilai (Ms)
Chanrit Uawongkun
Supajit Tienpati (Ms)
Bongkoch Prasanakarn (Ms)
Kanyarat Singhaphun (Ms)
Aruneepra Peansanong (Ms)
Pawadee Chokoonkit (Ms)
Siriporn Charoenkijgasat (Ms)
Kasarin Sirisoondhornpaibul (Ms)
Thanomkwan Rachtachat (Ms)
Jintana Anunacha (Ms)
Duangporn Sritulanondh (Ms)
Sunee Hormjunya (Ms)
Thamrongsak Techatadakul
Navaporn Liangchevasuntorn (Ms)
Suthep Rakpanyakaew

Officers for the outstanding farmers
Lalita Bhattacharjee (Ms) - India
Yongfan Piao - Mongolia
Don Triumphavong - Thailand
Francis Mangila - Vanuatu

Liaison with Thai government
H. Konuma, Chairperson
Tarina Ayazi (Ms)
Panida Jongkol (Ms)
Kayo Torii (Ms)

Logistics and catering
N.M. Hla, Chairperson
Sri Limpichati (Ms), consultant
Tetsuji Nakata
Wichai Nomkhumtode
Cristina Sriratana (Ms)
Suthep Charoenbutr
Pensri Yujang (Ms)
Prasert Huatsawat

Media, publications and photographs
D. de Vleeschauwer, Chairperson
Tarina Ayazi (Ms)
Apinya Petcharat (Ms)
Kanokporn Chansomritkul (Ms)
Suthep Charoenbutr, RAP photographer
Kesara Aotarayakul (Ms), photographer
Doualy Xaykaothao, journalist consultant

Annex 4. Publications distributed

FAO on the web: www.fao.org
FAO in Asia-Pacific: www.fao.org/world/regional/rap/


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