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Asia-Water network is developed as an information hub to outreach farmers and stakeholders worldwide to raise awareness and provide credible resources for improving water and food security, and irrigation modernization in Asia and the Pacific. The network is also the meeting point for interactive web forum on water and food security for the evolving framework of Sustainable Development Goals and Targets to 2030. The network contains library on FAO reports and training as well as updates relevant contents including breaking water news on climate change, drought, water-energy-food nexus, water footprint, and irrigation investment.

Asia Pacific Agricultural Extension and Outreach Network

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) of ESCAP organized a two-day Expert Consultation on ‘Strengthening Linkages between Research and Extension to Promote Food and Nutrition Security’ in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11 and 12 December 2014. One of the major outcomes of the Expert Consultation was to establishment of Asia Pacific Agricultural Extension and Outreach Network (APAEON)

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

They can be found all over the world. In Asia and the Pacific, 22 sites have been identified and more than 20 others are under consideration. Characteristically, these systems are rich in agricultural biodiversity and associated wildlife, and are important resources of indigenous knowledge and culture.

Regional Statistics

The ultimate goal of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics contributes to greater food security, reduced food price volatility and improved income and well-being for rural populations through evidence-based decision making. In the Asia Pacific region, a Regional Action Plan was developed in 2012 through a collaborative effort of FAO the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in consultation with member countries. It outlines a conceptual framework to integrate agricultural and rural statistical systems through a variety of technical assistance, training, and research activities.

Sustainable Mechanization across Agri-food Value Chains Network – SMAACNET

SMAACNET consolidates information on the sustainable use of agricultural mechanization across different categories of agro-food value chains. The overarching goal of SMAACNET is to assure that the use of sustainable agricultural mechanization (SAM) contributes to food security, economic development and ecological balance in Asia and the Pacific Region. With the objectives of (i)  To exchange knowledge, share experience and promote collaboration and concerted efforts among all stakeholders on the use of SAM across agri-food value chains. (ii) To advocate for the economic, social and environmental values and benefits of using SAM across agri-food value chains. (iii) To promote effective linkages among public and private stakeholders associated with the use of SAM in countries of Asia and the Pacific Region. (iv) To facilitate the implementation of SAMS at the regional, sub-regional and national levels as well as the implementation of policies and institutional mechanisms associated with SAMS

Save Food Asia-Pacific

Countries in Asia and the Pacific have pledged to work together through regional and national multi-stakeholder networks to reduce food loss and waste. The regional effort was launched in 2013 with the support of some 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific and since then countries have been signing on to their own national save food campaigns.

Sago Network for Asia and the Pacific (SNAP)

This network and its members collaborate on the conservation, sustainable cultivation, utilization and development of sago palm, and to promote advocacy for economic, social and environmental values and benefits among all partners and stakeholders.