History and Membership

The establishment of APHCA within the framework of the FAO was initiated by Asian nations at the 5th FAO Regional Conference on Animal Production in 1974. The Commission was approved and established by FAO at the 60th Session of the FAO Council under article XIV of the FAO Constitution and became operational in December 1975.

Membership is open to countries of FAO/United Nations, located wholly or partly in the region (defined by latitudes 50o North and 50o South, longitudes 60o East and 130o West). The geographical area covered by APHCA is home to more than two-thirds of the global domestic livestock population and to more than half of the world's poor livestock keepers.