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FAO and partners encourage social innovation to reduce food loss and waste in China's biggest city

By CTA Admin | May 22, 2017

FAO and partners encourage social innovation to reduce food loss and waste in China's biggest city As countries grow richer and diets change, the variety and quantity of foods consumed rise, and one of the many consequences is an increase in food loss and waste, a forum in China’s largest city has heard.  The one-day…

Urgent action needed to stop the destruction of Asia's forests and meet the 2030 development agenda

By CTA Admin | May 15, 2017

Urgent action needed to stop the destruction of Asia's forests and meet the 2030 development agenda The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, raising fears that one of the world’s key Sustainable Development Goals may not be achieved by the 2030 deadline, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. When…

Focus on agriculture is key to ensure that Belt and Road initiative promotes sustainable development

By CTA Admin | May 14, 2017

Focus on agriculture is key to ensure that Belt and Road initiative promotes sustainable development The Belt and Road initiative linking China and the Eurasia region can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, provided it addresses the needs of millions of farmers and fisher folk in the countries involved, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva…

Japan is a global model for healthy diets, FAO Director-General says

By CTA Admin | May 11, 2017

Japan is a global model for healthy diets, FAO Director-General says Japan has a very unique food culture that can greatly contribute to improvements in global nutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today during his visit to the country. “Japan is a global model for healthy diets,” he said. “Japan currently has the…

First-ever regional meeting on food security in the Pacific Islands

By CTA Admin | May 8, 2017

First-ever regional meeting on food security in the Pacific Islands Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands was a major theme at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Forum in Nadi, Fiji that took place from 26…

FAO Food Price Index dips again in April, led by sugar and vegetable oils

By CTA Admin | May 5, 2017

FAO Food Price Index dips again in April, led by sugar and vegetable oils lobal food commodity prices fell in April amid expectations of ongoing robust supplies of many key staples. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 168 points in April, down 1.8 percent from March although remaining 10 percent higher than a year earlier. The Sugar…

Making the international trade in plants and seeds a safer venture

By CTA Admin | Apr 13, 2017

Making the international trade in plants and seeds a safer venture The international body that oversees plant health has taken a big step forward with the adoption of a new global standard to help ensure that the international trade in plants and seeds, while very profitable, is also safer. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)’s governing body, the Commission…

IRRI and FAO step up joint efforts to globally bolster sustainable rice production

By CTA Admin | Mar 30, 2017

IRRI and FAO step up joint efforts to globally bolster sustainable rice production FAO and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed to cooperate more closely to support sustainable rice production in developing countries to improve food security and livelihoods while safeguarding natural resources.  An agreement signed today seeks to better pool the scientific knowledge and…

Asia's private sector warms to climate-change investments

By CTA Admin | Mar 29, 2017

Asia's private sector warms to climate-change investments While the role of government remains central in responding to climate change adaptation and mitigation, the private sector is showing keen interest in become a major player in the same field. Sensing the mood of consumers as mainly wanting to ensure the products and services they buy are…

St Lucia: ‘Great need for culinary arts school’ says SLHTA officer

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

Establishing a training facility may help cater to the need for trained chefs on the island, SLHTA officer says. Wendell George, the apprenticeship officer at the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) has stated that to raise the level of gastronomy in Saint Lucia, a culinary arts school would be a step in the…

Caribbean TV Series “Taste the Islands” Picked Up for Second Nationwide Run

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

In 2015, Caribbean cooking show “Taste the Islands” made history by becoming the first Jamaican-produced and Jamaican-hosted series on US national public television. Show creators Blondie Ras Productions have announced that the second season will premiere this June, Caribbean American Heritage Month, on Create TV and select PBS stations around the country. Public television’s favorite…

Barbados: Tourists want authentic experiences

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

Sun, sea and sand were traditionally viewed as the major attraction to tourism destinations like Barbados. Times have changed. While those components are still key factors for visitors travelling to the island on holiday, other countries in the region and elsewhere have similar offerings of sunny weather and cool waters. As a result, Barbados and…

Fiji: A taste of paradise

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

The South Pacific nation of Fiji already has a savoury reputation among holidaymakers for its year-round tropical climate, crystal waters and lush natural beauty. Now add a great food scene to the list. The country’s unique culinary flavours bear the hallmarks of Pacific, Indian and Chinese cuisine, and are fuelled by an abundance of fresh…