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Afghanistan: FAO welcomes $65 million contribution from Asian Development Bank to boost agriculture and food security
Funds will protect lives and livelihoods of vulnerable rural communities, lay a foundation for recovery
26.01.2022 Rome
Afghanistan: FAO welcomes $65 million contribution from Asian Development Bank to boost agriculture and food security
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today welcomed a groundbreaking $65 million contribution from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to boost food security and support livelihoods of the most vulnerable rural communities in Afghanistan. The ADB support represents a significant contribution to FAO’s $200 million crisis response programme for 2022 – and beyond – to raise local food production, protect livestock, increase rural incomes and improve the food...
Tonga volcanic eruption: what possible impact on agriculture and fisheries
FAO is gearing up to respond as needed, based on its experience with previous disasters in Tonga and elsewhere
21.01.2022 Rome
Tonga volcanic eruption: what possible impact on agriculture and fisheries
With the full picture of damage and needs after Tonga’s massive volcanic eruption and tsunami only gradually emerging, what is already clear is that the stakes could not be higher for the farmers and fishers of the South Pacific island nation, living in one of the world’s most disaster-prone regions. With roughly 86 percent of Tongans engaged in agriculture,  FAO is extremely concerned about the potential impacts across all agriculture sectors, including fisheries,...
South-South Cooperation: FAO signs key agreement with Chinese Government
The agreement marks the official launch of Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme after China’s announcement of an additional $50 million in funding
12.01.2022 Rome
South-South Cooperation: FAO signs key agreement with Chinese Government
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed an agreement with the Chinese Government officially launching Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme. The General Agreement was signed by the Director-General of FAO, QU Dongyu and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China,TANG Renjian. It followed the announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2020 of an additional $50...
Number of hungry in Asia-Pacific swells by more than 50 million since the arrival of COVID-19
According to the 2021 Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition by FAO and UNICEF
15.12.2021 Bangkok, Thailand
Number of hungry in Asia-Pacific swells by more than 50 million since the arrival of COVID-19
The state of food security and nutrition in Asia and the Pacific has worsened, as more than 375 million people in the region faced hunger in 2020, an increase of 54 million over the previous year, according to a joint report just published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). While hunger has increased, so too has inadequate access to...
Global Environment Facility approves FAO-led projects in Malaysia, Marshall Islands and Thailand
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today welcomed approval from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for four FAO-led projects in eight countries, totalling more than $13.6 million in funding.  The decision was made during the 61st Meeting of the GEF Council, its main governing body, held virtually. The latest projects will address urgent environmental challenges - such as land degradation and soil erosion, biodiversity loss, unsustainable fishing, and food...
FAO in Asia-Pacific calls for improvements to early warning systems as concerns grow over evolving avian influenza and potential threat to humans
Cases of avian influenza are rising globally, with 272 additional events of outbreaks in birds recorded worldwide by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in little more than a month. The FAO data records the increase since 27 October 2021. Increased avian influenza activity has been seen in the Asia-Pacific region, but also in Africa and Europe during the past year and it is suspected that wild...
FAO promotes awareness and prudent use of antimicrobials in Asia-Pacific during Word Antimicrobial Awareness Week
The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has supported several activities to raise awareness on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and on the need to use antimicrobials prudently among different audiences of Asia and the Pacific to mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). The WAAW, observed in some 150 countries every 18-24 November, highlights the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, and is one of the United Nations’ most important...
FAO in 2022: Time for extraordinary efforts to continue walking the talk
Director-General QU Dongyu maps the Organization’s achievements and plans in address to the FAO Council
30.11.2021 Rome
FAO in 2022: Time for extraordinary efforts to continue walking the talk
Rome – In 2022, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) must make “extraordinary” efforts to achieve tangible on-the-ground progress towards reducing hunger, making agrifood systems more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable, and to ultimately achieve the Four Betters – Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment and a Better Life for all – Director-General QU Dongyu told the FAO Council today. “We need extraordinary thinking, ways of doing...
Fall Armyworm: Scaling up response across the globe
FAO calls for more funding, more technical innovation and more capacity development for farmers
25.11.2021 Rome
Fall Armyworm: Scaling up response across the globe
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today urged all stakeholders to scale up global response to fall armyworm, as the invasive pest continues to spread rapidly to new countries and territories, causing serious damage to food production and affecting millions of farmers across the globe. He spoke at the 5th Steering Committee Meeting on Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control. In 2016,...
World Fisheries Day 2021 hears calls to halt exploitation of fishers
FAO joins the Vatican and Stella Maris advocating for fishers’ rights and responsible practices
23.11.2021 Rome
World Fisheries Day 2021 hears calls to halt exploitation of 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 urging immediate action to stop human rights violations at sea. At a virtual event entitled ‘Stemming the tide: Together we can stop human rights violations at sea!’, FAO and the Holy See reaffirmed their commitment to protect the rights of fishers who are among the world’s poorest...
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