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  • OPINION

    Time to be the agents of change

    News, Published on 12/02/2024

    » We all know that we live in a changing world. In the vast area of Asia and the Pacific that change is most evident. Over the past 20 years, the economies of many nations in the region have been moving out of the category of "least developed" and graduating into a "middle income" status. However, the positive changes that help to make our lives better, healthier, and more prosperous, are not happening at the same time equally across all countries, or even equitably within them.

  • THAILAND

    FAO Director-General Explores ASEAN's Largest Wholesale Agricultural Market

    Published on 17/01/2024

    » Mr Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, accompanied by Mr Pisan Pongsapitch, Secretary-General of the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards, recently visited Talaad Thai, the largest agricultural wholesale market in ASEAN. Talaad Thai spans a total area of 543 rai, located on Phaholyothin Road in Pathum Thani province. There are over 12,000 tonnes of agricultural product volume circulated in the market, with more than 100,000 sellers and buyers, and a daily turnover of more than 290 million baht. The FAO Director-General and group spent almost 2 hours discussing and touring several areas in Talaad Thai, such as the Seasonal Fruit Market, Vegetable Market, and laboratory, which serves as the quality control unit for all products in Talaad Thai. On this occasion, Mr Pradit Phataraprasit, Advisory Chairman of the Thai Agricultural Wholesale Market Association, along with executives from Thai Agro Exchange Company Limited, namely Mr Suthep Wongvorazathe, Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Board, Mr Surapong Supunpong, Director, and Mr Chokchai Kolsrichai, Managing Director, extended a warm welcome.

  • OPINION

    Mitigating climate change impacts

    News, Published on 07/12/2023

    » Growing up on a small rice farm in China in the 1960's, my family was keenly aware that any single adverse weather event could wipe out a year's worth of effort. The climate and weather patterns are something a farmer feels in his bones, but changes in these patterns and the extremity of events have, in recent years, shocked rural communities. We never imagined seasons might alter at the pace and scale we see today, bringing losses and damage that undermine years of hard-won rural development.

  • OPINION

    Water the key to food security

    Oped, Published on 11/10/2023

    » This year's World Food Day celebrates one of the planet's most precious resources: water. It's essential to life on Earth. It covers the majority of the planet's surface, makes up over 50% of our bodies, helps keep us fed, supports livelihoods and is central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • THAILAND

    King Bhumibol award for soil scientists

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 06/12/2022

    » Two soil scientists from Mexico have been named the winners of the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2022.

  • THAILAND

    Princess calls on region to end hunger

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 18/10/2022

    » Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has called on countries in the Asia-Pacific region to prioritise the right of all people to food, nutrition, peace and equality.

  • OPINION

    Russia-Ukraine war's effects on global food security

    Oped, Published on 15/03/2022

    » Over the past two years, Covid-19 has presented many challenges to global food security. Today, what is happening in Russia and Ukraine adds another significant challenge.

  • OPINION

    Transforming our agrifood systems

    Oped, Published on 03/03/2022

    » The current nutrition situation in Asia and the Pacific is difficult in many areas across the region. About 40% of its inhabitants cannot afford a healthy diet, and in some areas the fight against hunger has seen reversals rather than advances.

  • OPINION

    Agri-food systems need to shape up

    Oped, Published on 15/10/2021

    » This year's World Food Day, which wraps up tomorrow, finds us at a critical moment. The Covid-19 pandemic remains a global challenge, causing untold losses and hardship. The impact of the climate crisis are all around us. Crops have gone up in flames. Homes have been washed away. Lives and livelihoods have been thrown into turmoil due to conflict and other humanitarian emergencies. Global food security challenges have not been this severe for years.

  • OPINION

    FAO ready to act on food systems

    Oped, Published on 16/09/2021

    » The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has entered a new era with a new structure and new dynamics.

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