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    亚洲及太平洋区域粮食及农业状况 2008 2009
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    This publication focuses on the state of food and agriculture in Asia and the Pacific and is a complement to "The State of Food and Agriculture" published by FAO headquarters in Rome which concentrates on global issues. This is the second issue of the series which highlights both the challenges and opportunities to food security in the region. The first part of the publication examines hunger and poverty in the region, changes in dietary patterns, agricultural commodity trends, and the outlook f or the future, including the major challenges that need to be addressed. The second part provides a special focus on the new "gold rush": biofuels development in Asia and the Pacific. As biofuels are likely to have a major influence on agricultural commodity prices and rural incomes for some time to come, the status of biofuels development in the region is assessed. The main focus of the analysis is on the potential effects of the demand for biofuels on regional household food security.
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    The State of Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific 2006 2006
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    This is the first issue of The State of Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific. Its focus on regional dimensions of food and agriculture makes it a complement to The State of Food and Agriculture published at FAO headquarters in Rome, which focuses on specific issues at a more global level. The first part of the publication is an analysis of medium to long-term trends in poverty and the role of agriculture, production and natural resources, consumption, and marketing and trade. Underlying all parts of this analysis is a concern for the food security of both producers and consumers. The second part of the publication focuses in more detail on two specific issues confronting Asian agriculture: reducing vulnerability to natural hazards and the effects of trade liberalization on food security. These topics are two of the six priority themes contained in the Regional Strategic Framework of FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the document that guides FAO’s work throughout t he region.
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    The state of food and agriculture, 2008
    Biofuels: prospects, risks and opportunities
    2008
    The State of Food and Agriculture 2008 explores the implications of the rapid recent growth in production of biofuels based on agricultural commodities. The boom in liquid biofuels has been largely induced by policies in developed countries, based on their expected positive contributions to climate-change mitigation, energy security and agricultural development. The growing demand for agricultural commodities for the production of biofuels is having significant repercussions on agricultural markets, and concerns are mounting over their negative impact on the food security of millions of people across the world. At the same time, the environmental impacts of biofuels are also coming under closer scrutiny. But biofuels also offer the opportunity for agricultural and rural development – if appropriate policies and investments are put in place. This report reviews the current state of the debate and the available evidence on these critical questions. It finds that concerted efforts to reform policies and invest in agriculture will be essential if the risks associated with biofuels are to be reduced, and the opportunities more widely shared.

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