Archive for April 2016

North Korea's food production falls for first time since 2010 as water scarcity hits agricultural sector

North Korea's food production falls for first time since 2010 as water scarcity hits agricultural sector North Korea’s total  food production – including cereals, soybeans and potatoes in cereal equivalent – is estimated to have fallen in 2015, the first drop since 2010, and is expected to worsen food security in the country, according to…

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Tapping into Asia's biodiversity to feed a hungry region

Tapping into Asia's biodiversity to feed a hungry region Scientists and government representatives are assessing opportunities to increase food security and nutrition by more closely examining the region’s biodiversity and its links to food production and agriculture, an FAO regional consultation on biodiversity […] Source: FAO.org

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Asia-Pacific countries work to protect and maintain trade in seafood while improving conservation of threatened species of aquatic life

Asia-Pacific countries work to protect and maintain trade in seafood while improving conservation of threatened species of aquatic life With an international net closing in on the trade in threatened species of aquatic life, countries in Asia and the Pacific are working to implement tools that will offer a balance of protection while ensuring trade…

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New technologies boost efforts to cut down on environmentally harmful "ghost fishing"

New technologies boost efforts to cut down on environmentally harmful "ghost fishing" Modern technologies that make it easier to recover lost fishing gear are giving a boost to efforts to reduce so-called “ghost fishing” and its harmful impacts on fish stocks and endangered species. Growing concern over this problem, coupled with the increasing availability of…

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2nd UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism

Promperu and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Basque Culinary Center, are organizing the 2nd UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, to take place from 27-29 April 2016 in Lima, Peru. Gastronomy, as the essence of culture and a major element of intangible heritage worldwide is a growing driver for tourists that…

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Professor Kadambot Siddique named Ambassador for International Year of Pulses

Professor Kadambot Siddique named Ambassador for International Year of Pulses Indian researcher and professor Kadambot Siddique has been named Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses in the Asia-Pacific region at a ceremony held in Marrakesh today. Siddique, who currently serves as professor of agriculture and chair and director of the Institute of Agriculture at…

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Asia-Pacific looks at greening cities to improve lives and livelihoods

Asia-Pacific looks at greening cities to improve lives and livelihoods There is huge potential for an increase in urban forests, trees and green areas to counteract the negative effects of rapid urbanization and improve livelihoods in the major cities of Asia and the Pacific, a regional meeting on urban forestry heard today. The First Asia-Pacific…

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Dominican Republic’s world-class gastronomy encourages visitors to explore beyond the buffet

Dominican Republic’s world-class gastronomy encourages visitors to explore beyond the buffet Dominican Republic.– Popularly known for picture-perfect beaches and all-inclusive vacations, Dominican Republic invites travellers to experience authentic tastes and haute cuisine beyond the resort buffet. Recognized as one of the most gastronomically diverse and exquisite destinations in The Caribbean, the country boasts a variety of culinary attractions,…

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