Southeast Asia

By Catherine Talavera15 March 2022
Agricultural ministers in Asia and the Pacific, including the Philippines, have committed to promote the use of socio-technical innovations to improve food systems that will reduce hunger and malnutrition, and enhance food security in the region, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). This was among the commitments and agreements forged during the 36th Session of the Asia Pacific… Read more
By Joe Whitworth5 August 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified key priorities to improve food safety in the next five years in South East Asia. The Framework for Action on Food Safety in the WHO South-East Asia Region covers 2020 to 2025 and has guidance for authorities across the food chain and those involved in food safety emergencies, preparedness and response. Several countries are included. The… Read more
11 May 2020
Fishermen in northeast Thailand say they have seen catches in the Mekong River plunge, while some farmers in Vietnam and Cambodia are leaving for jobs in cities as harvests of rice and other crops shrink. The common thread driving these events is erratic water levels in Asia’s third-longest waterway. Water flows along the 4,300km (2,700 mile) Mekong shift naturally between monsoon and dry… Read more
11 May 2020
Every year, some nine million people worldwide – equivalent to the population of Austria – die of hunger or hunger-related diseases. That is tragic enough, but COVID-19’s disruption of food supply chains risks doubling this number in 2020. This is the hidden cost of the coronavirus pandemic, and it will fall on the poorest and most vulnerable. To prevent these avoidable deaths, we must… Read more
By Paul Teng, SciDev.net13 April 2020
With lockdowns ordered to contain the COVID-19 pandemic—that has reached 183 countries, infected over 1.7 million people and caused over 100,000 deaths—there are fears of food shortages caused by panic buying and supply chain disruptions. Recent announcements by some countries that they are initiating export restrictions of food products or reviewing export agreements have… Read more
12 February 2020
Experts have called for a significant overhaul of agricultural data-gathering methods to ensure that the targets specified in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are accurately reported in Asia and the Pacific region, including Indonesia. UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chief statistician Pietro Gennari said there were noticeable data gaps in Asia-Pacific as countries in the… Read more
By Flora Southey5 February 2020
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has claimed 425 lives in China to date, prompting concerns that food imported to Europe from Hubei Province and affected regions could be infected. Read more here: Read more
7 December 2019
While Southeast Asia is working hard for the shift into completely embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and its citizens are getting excited about such things as blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), the region is still struggling with something that mankind has been trying to fight off since the dawn of time – hunger. When the Global Hunger Organisation (GHO) revealed its 2019… Read more
By Paul Teng3 September 2019
Food stands at the nexus of water, land, energy, and labor. With the dynamic socioeconomic changes that Asia is undergoing, it is not surprising that both diet and nutrition are being affected in ways not previously experienced. That food matters is not lost on politicians, policymakers, and the general public in Asia. As an existential issue, food security, particularly rice security, has led… Read more
22 July 2019
The heads of governments of the 10 Asean member-states have agreed to promote cooperation and partnerships within the region and with external partners in order to achieve sustainability, conservation, peace, economic growth and other dimensions of Asean Community-building. The agreement was expressed in the Asean leaders’ vision statement on partnership for sustainability, which was adopted… Read more
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