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The Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) is held once every two years. It is convened in the intervening years during which the FAO General Conference does not meet in regular session in Rome. The last session (33rd APRC) was held in Malaysia in March 2016.

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.