FAO 'Tea Mark' on intergovernmental tea meeting agenda

On 27 September, the Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Tea opens its thirteenth session in Ottawa, Canada. During the three-day session, FAO will encourage the tea industry to take part in a new black tea promotional campaign that the Organization has developed with financial assistance from the Common Fund for Commodities.

The campaign, which centres on a new international tea trademark, called Tea Mark, is intended to increase demand for black tea by informing consumers about its potential health benefits. Some data have indicated that black tea, when consumed as part of a balanced diet, can help control obesity and curb smoking as well as reduce the risk of cardio-vascular diseases, strokes, and certain types of cancer. An increase in consumer demand would also benefit growers of black tea, by reducing the threat of production surpluses and protecting them from a decline in prices.

The Tea Mark campaign also recognizes however, that some compounds in tea can prevent absorption of iron in the diet and may lead to anemia in some vulnerable groups. More research is needed, and is ongoing, to determine the specific components in tea that have beneficial or harmful effects on human health.

Press release
Intergovernmental Group on Tea (13th Session)

27 September 1999


Rural Women and Information subject of high-level consultation

A High-level Consulation on Rural Women and Information will take place at FAO Headquarters 4 to 6 October 1999. Ways of better informing decision-makers, media and the general public on the essential role of rural women in agricultural development and their contribution to food security will be discussed.

Organized by FAO, the Consultation will bring together some 300 participants, including Ministers for Agriculture and for Equal Opportunity from Africa, Asia, the Near East, Latin America, Europe and North America, as well as non-governmental organizations, communication experts and journalists. The Consultation will feature two panel discussions, on Gender Equality in Policies and Planning and on the Generation and Dissemination of Gender Specific Information for Rural Development. Panelists will include personalities from the development community, academia and the media. A Strategy for Action will also be reviewed during the Consultation.

For more information, email rural-women-info@fao.org or go to Rural Women and Information

14 September 1999

New forum on post-harvest management established

Every year, millions of tonnes of food are lost as a result of problems with pest control, handling, storage, transportation and marketing - all post-harvest activities. To reduce these losses, FAO has announced the formation of a new forum on post-harvest technologies: PhAction.

PhAction is made up of ten organizations: the five members of the Group for Assistance on Systems relating to Grain After Harvest (GASGA) and five international agricultural research centres. The ten founding institutions of PhAction will share and distribute information on the latest post-harvest research and cooperate on designing and applying innovative new post-harvest technologies. PhAction will work with a range of public and private sector partners in developing countries.

PhAction's member organizations will be linked together and to the entire world through INPhO, the Internet-based information network designed and launched last year by FAO's Agro-Industries and Post-Harvest Management Service (AGSI). Each month INPhO receives more than10 000 visitors who are able to access, databases, documents and newsletters on developments in post-harvest research and technology. Post-harvest information is also available on CD-ROM. The first edition of the INPhO CD-ROM was released last year and the second edition is due out in October 1999.

Go to INPhO information network

9 August 1999

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