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The Regional Conference, convened every two years, results in recommendations  that guide FAO’s work in the vast Asia-Pacific region, and provide further guidance to FAO’s global conference in Rome in June the following year. Government Ministers and delegates from more than 40 member countries across the Asia-Pacific region will participate in the APRC.

The Government of Fiji has formally agreed to host the 34th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), 9-13 April 2018 in Nadi, Fiji.  This is the first time in more than two decades that a country in the Pacific has hosted an APRC and the event will provide an opportunity to present issues relating to food and nutrition security that are specific to small island states.

Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC)

FAO Regional Conferences are official forums where ministers of agriculture and high-level officials of Member States from the same geographic region meet to elaborate, beyond the borders of their individual countries, to consider and discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture, with a view of promoting regional coherence on global policies and political issues. 

The last meeting, the 33rd Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, in Putrajaya, Malaysia, was convened in March 2016. Government ministers and senior officials from 44 countries in the Asia-Pacific region participated. 

In their final communiqué, the Conference delegates called on FAO to move forward with regional efforts to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and counter threats to agriculture from climate change by 2030. The Conference also stressed the need to revitalize the image of the agriculture sector in general in order for it to be considered an important career choice for young people.

The FAO member countries further endorsed the Organization’s future course of work, particularly its four Regional Initiatives to achieve zero hunger, improve rice production, blue growth, and further develop value chains in the Pacific Islands.

“We believe these four general initiatives, combined with country programmes and specific projects, will enable countries to move forward in the implementation of the Agenda 2030,” said FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.

The 34th session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific is scheduled to convene in Fiji, 9-13 April 2018.