"Adding Value to Agricultural Products in the GMS" Conference to Open Greater Mekong Subregion Business Forum (GMS-BF) Secretariat in collaboration with Thai Chamber of Commerce and other five GMS National Chambers of Commerce and Industry are organizing the “Adding Value to Agricultural Products in the GMS” Conference and Business Matching Session in Bangkok on March 1st and 2nd, 2007. The conference will provide a platform for a dynamic exchange of best practice options and permit participants –SHOULD THEY CHOOSE – to brainstorm and exchange views about concrete proposals to encourage the improvement and development of agricultural products in the GMS. Strong emphasis in this conference will be placed on development, and maximization of already existing investments, product processing, creation of added value products, value chain and distribution, policies and strategies, financing agriculture, outputs for niche markets and development of export market … [Read more...] about “Adding Value to Agricultural Products in the GMS” Conference to Open
United nation food and agriculture organization
(VOVworld) – Global food prices rose to a 10-month high in March due to bad weather in the United States and Brazil and tensions in Ukraine, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday. The FAO’s Food Price Index has increased 2.3 per cent since February to 212.8 points, the highest level since last May. Sugar topped the list of food price hikes, followed by grains. The rising grain price reflects market concerns about suppliers in Ukraine, a leading grain producer and major exporter to North Africa. The FAO lowered its forecast of global grain output to 702 million tons this year, down 2 tons from its previous forecast. However, rice production is expected to expand 0.8 per cent to 500 million tons. … [Read more...] about Ukraine’s crisis boosts global food prices
(VOVworld) - Vietnamese (VOVworld) - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung says Vietnam will continue to support future initiatives and activities of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Vietnam will continue to support future initiatives and activities of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. At a meeting with FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva in Hanoi on Thursday, Prime Minister Dung praised the organization for considering Vietnam an important partner in agricultural cooperation under 400 FAO-funded projects. The Prime Minister spoke highly of achievements in FAO South South Cooperation saying Vietnam strongly supports the program and has sent agriculture experts to other developing countries. He urged FAO to continue to support Vietnam in food security, nutrition, poverty reduction, environmental protection, and climate change adaptation. The same day, Prime Minister attended the 31st Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the UN … [Read more...] about Vietnam supports FAO initiaves and activities
NEW DELHI -- For Bhaskar Kumar it is a struggle to name green leafy vegetables found in India for his homework as his staple diet is rice and salt with vegetables served only on festive occasions. But the eight-year-old from Pilakhana village in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh decides not to ask his mother Shakuni Bai, aware she skipped dinner four times that week. For Bai is among 194 million Indians going hungry daily, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - despite India wasting food worth about $14 billion a year, according to government figures. India, one of the world’s largest food producers, is trying to tackle waste during production, processing, retailing and consumption by funding internal initiatives and by partnerships on best practice and technology with overseas investors. But many of those struggling to get enough to eat are concerned that progress is too slow in India which ranked 100 among 119 countries in … [Read more...] about As millions go hungry, India eyes ways to stop wasting $14 billion of food a year
After René Castro-Salazar attended the first U.N.-led climate talks in Berlin in 1985 as Costa Rica's environment and energy minister, he tried to talk about agriculture and climate change - but few wanted to join the conversation. "There was always opposition - and we couldn't understand why," said Castro, now assistant director-general at the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). To him, the need to tackle the topic was clear. Agriculture, forestry and other land uses together account for nearly a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions heating up the planet, according to the FAO. Cutting these is essential if the world is to keep global temperature rise to a manageable level, said Castro. Farms and forests can also store large amounts of carbon, and simple actions by all countries could result in immediate environmental benefits, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In the early years, the climate negotiations focused on reducing emissions from the energy … [Read more...] about Can agriculture and the climate fix their ‘unhappy marriage’ in 2018?