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  • Fighting two pandemics hand in hand in Asia and the Pacific

    Ending hunger and poverty amid COVID-19 impacts will require leveraging agricultural technology, innovation and partnerships

    Global hunger has been on a regrettable rise in recent years and despite Asia’s economic clout, the continent-home to more than half of the world’s undernourished has not been spared. Now COVID-19 is leading to a slow-down of regional economic growth and further threatening food security.

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  • Haa Herbal Garden to promote local medicinal herbs

    A Herbal Garden has been developed in Haa to showcase and promote the locally found medicinal herbs as well as tourism in the valley.

    A special feature in the garden is the Drongkher Tanadungi Phodrang or the Celestial City of Medicine surrounded by four medicinal mountains. The auspicious pavilion houses a 5.9 ft statue of Medicine Buddha and other statues each measuring 3″.

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  • On-going: Virtual 35th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific

    The Royal Government of Bhutan will be hosting and Chairing the virtual conference of the 35th Food and Agriculture Organisation Regional Conference for Asia and Pacific from 1-4 September 2020 in Thimphu. Forty-six member nations along with the private sector and civil society organisations will participate in the event.

    The arrival of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has had a great impact on agriculture and food systems in Asia and the Pacific, a region already beset by climate and weather-related challenges, such as droughts and flooding. In response, the experts will discuss a way forward during the conference in virtual mode. The detail information on the conference can also be followed at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/aprc35/en

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  • Chumigna Garden

    A giant portrait of His Majesty The King visible to all those who enter the Haa valley giving them a sense of devotion and strength is the central feature of the Chumigna Garden (Spring Garden).

    The iconic landmark is one of the major sites out of four for the virtual 6th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition. It is located between the scared Lhakhang Karpo and the historic Wangchuk Lo Dzong under Eusu gewog.

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  • Lhakhang Karpo Mini Park

    Haa: Anyone visiting the Lhakhang Karpo hereafter will be mesmerised by the greenery and beautiful installations in place. Thanks to the renovation work carried out upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King and to the virtual 6th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition.

    The lhakhang, the abode of the local deity, Ap Chundu is believed to have been built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo during the 7th century AD. It is said that he released two pigeons, a white and a black one from his consciousness to select the sites to build the temples in Haa. The lhakhang is located at the foothills of the three towering mountains commonly known as Rigsum Gonpo as it was where the white pigeon had landed. It hosts a statute of Tshephamey, the Buddha of Longevity as a principal deity.

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