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As the pace of urbanization quickens in Asia-Pacific, so too does the threat of urban food insecurity – UN agencies report
Asia’s cities are growing at such a fast pace that nearly 55 percent of the region’s enormous population is expected to reside in urban areas by 2030, and that will have equally enormous consequences for urban food security and nutrition, according to the main findings of a new report by four United Nations agencies.    But the threat is not only a future concern, the results are being felt now, according to...
FAO’s support for Pakistan: from immediate response to resilience building
The FAO Director-General addresses the United Nations conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan
09.01.2023 Geneva
FAO’s support for Pakistan: from immediate response to resilience building
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will continue to play a leading role in transforming Pakistan’s agrifood systems to make them more efficient, inclusive, sustainable and resilient, a challenge that has gained in urgency following recent floods that have devastated the country’s agriculture sector, Director-General QU Dongyu told a UN conference. Today’s International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan in Geneva, co-hosted by the Government of Pakistan and the UN,...
FAO receives additional funding from the Government of Japan to boost food security for vulnerable Afghan households
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has today received notice of additional funding of more than USD 1.85 million from the Government of Japan to improve access and availability of nutritious food for vulnerable and food-insecure smallholder households in Afghanistan as well as protecting their livestock. The resources will fund a 12-month emergency project beginning January 2023. It will support 42 700 people from Kapisa province (Hissa-e-Awali Kohistan...
IUCN and FAO to lead flagship forest programme in Southeast Asia
IUCN and FAO are selected as lead agencies for the Global Environment Facility’s Indo-Malay Critical Forest Biome Integrated Programme
06.12.2022 Bangkok
IUCN and FAO to lead flagship forest programme in Southeast Asia
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will lead the Indo-Malaya Critical Forest Biome Integrated Program of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This flagship GEF programme will support countries in conserving globally critical intact forest landscapes through interventions inside and outside protected areas. The Indo-Malaya Critical Forest Biome Integrated Program will be open to Bhutan, Camboida, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia,...
Huge stockpile of toxic pesticide DDT bound for Europe after being left in a Bangladesh city centre for nearly four decades
What is thought to be the world’s largest remaining stockpile of the now banned pesticide Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), left in the heart of Bangladesh’s second biggest city for 37 years, is set to finally leave for France for incineration at a specialist facility. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has led the complex international operation to remove the DDT and to decontaminate the storage site in the port...
FAO and Pacific nations weigh local innovations as solutions to growing climate and nutrition challenges
Pacific SIDS leaders to foster and accelerate innovation to transform agrifood systems
29.11.2022 Apia
FAO and Pacific nations weigh local innovations as solutions to growing climate and nutrition challenges
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu and Hon Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa, the Prime Minister of Samoa, today called on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to leverage the power of innovation to regain their momentum toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Pacific SIDS Solutions Forum (28-30 November), convened in Samoa’s capital, Apia, has brought together ten Government Ministers, as well...
World Fisheries Day: FAO and the Vatican urge social protection for fishers
Small-scale fishers deserve greater recognition and support to end hunger and poverty, says FAO Director-General
22.11.2022
World Fisheries Day: FAO and the Vatican urge social protection for fishers
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Vatican and the Catholic maritime charity, Stella Maris, today marked World Fisheries Day with a call for greater social protection for small-scale fishers and fish workers. As the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) draws to a close, FAO,  the Holy See and Stella Maris held a high-level event entitled “Investing in social protection to secure equitable Blue Transformation...
FAO and Singapore strengthen collaboration for climate-resilient agrifood systems transformation through enhanced climate services
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Sixth Assessment Report, more than 30 percent of global crop and livestock areas could become climatically unsuitable by 2100, in the worst-case climate scenario. The Southeast Asian region is one of the world’s major producers of agricultural products. However, agriculture yields will be affected significantly due to impacts of the climate crisis, such as variations in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide,...
FAO begins handover of 780 tonnes of urea to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Agriculture
Distribution to smallholder paddy farmers in four districts to commence this week
16.11.2022 Colombo
FAO begins handover of 780 tonnes of urea to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Agriculture
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Sri Lanka has this week handed over 780 tonnes of urea to the Ministry of Agriculture, procured through the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (UN-CERF).  Urea is badly needed by smallholder farmers in some of the hardest to reach and most vulnerable areas to help them recover from the recent economic shock and shortage of adequate fertilizers. Some 15,619 farmers, cultivating paddy on landholdings of one-fifth hectare or less, will each receive 50 kilograms of urea in four of the more...
PACIFIC SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS) SOLUTIONS FORUM
  MEDIA ADVISORY ANDall Island Developing States (SIDS) Solutions Fo The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Samoa, through its Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), have invited leaders from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific, as well as heads of technical and resource partner organizations, to attend the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Solutions...
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