Tag Archives: FAO

UNESCO launched the Pacific Man and Biosphere Reserve Logo and new Web pages

A logo and new web pages on the Pacific Man and Biosphere Network (PacMAB Network) was launched in the presence of UN staff from UNDP and FAO and a senior representative of the Department of Environment and Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MNRE) in Apia, Samoa on Friday the 31July 2015 by the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States. Continue reading

Establishing milkfish farming in Tonga

Milkfish will soon be reared in a commercially viable and environment-friendly way in Tonga.  The FAO assisted joint- project to rear milkfish aims to develop a sustainable source of food and income for island communities. The communities have been involved in steps of the process and received training in the operation of the farm as well as in business management. Fisheries staff from the Government of Tonga visited the Philippines as part of a study tour to gain essential knowledge and skills. Continue reading

Promoting safe produce and quality in Samoa

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are partnering to promote fresh produce safety and quality in Samoa. Consumers have a right to expect that the foods  purchased and consumed will be safe and of high quality. Consumers should also have a right to voice their opinions about the food control procedures, standards and activities that governments and industry use to ascertain that the food supply has these characteristics. Continue reading

New initiative looks to bring soils into classrooms around the globe

FAO dig it guideA new series of educational materials is teaching children the importance of healthy soils for our food, environment, livelihoods and well-being. Developed by FAO and the Washington D.C.-based National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) as part of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS2015), the materials target children aged 5 to 14, using word games, puzzles, drawing activities and other interactive elements. Continue reading

ASEAN, in collaboration with FAO, prepares a road map of priority actions for the implementation of a nutrition component

Member countries of ASEAN have begun a two day consultation in collaboration with FAO to finalize a road map of priority actions for the implementation of a nutrition component for food security. The aim of the consultation is to firmly integrate nutrition into the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework and the Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security (SPA-FS). FAO has been assisting ASEAN with development and implementation of its AIFS and SPA-FS 2015 – 2020. Continue reading

New World Soil Charter endorsed by FAO members

International Year of Soils logoThe first World Soil Charter (WSC) was conceived and formulated, negotiated and adopted by the FAO member countries in the 1981 FAO Conference. It was a major normative instrument agreed by member states, and that the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) was duty-bound to promote its principles. The challenges faced by the world have become more evident and severe in Continue reading

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024

Prices for crops and livestock products showed diverse trends in 2014. Among crops, two years of strong harvests put further pressure on prices of cereals and oilseeds. Tighter supplies due to factors including herd rebuilding and disease outbreaks supported high meat prices, while the prices of dairy products dropped steeply from historic highs. Further adjustments to short-term factors are expected in 2015, before the medium-term drivers of supply and demand take hold. Continue reading

Timor-Leste and FAO work to revise forest policies to benefit local communities

The Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are revising the National Forest Policy and Community Forestry Policy in an effort to promote sustainable forest management for the benefit of local people, it was announced today. Continue reading

Boosting food security in cities through better markets, reduced food waste

Recognizing the growing challenge of feeding the world’s cities and the importance of efficient urban markets, FAO and the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) are partnering to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in the wholesale sector, including developing “best practices” for reducing food waste. Continue reading

Asia-Pacific region achieves Millennium Development Goal to reduce hunger by half by 2015

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG-1c) by reducing the proportion of people suffering from hunger by half by 2015, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced. “This is an historic achievement, a great milestone of which the Asia-Pacific region should be proud,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative. “Looking at the region as a whole, in the MDG base year of 1990, around 24 percent of the population was undernourished. Today, that percentage has been cut in half to 12 percent and thus has met the MDG hunger goal.” Continue reading