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While it recorded higher economic growth rates than any other region in the recent past, Asia and the Pacific continues to be home to about 62 percent of the world's undernourished population. These disadvantaged people live at the bottom of society, suffering daily extreme hardship. Until hunger is completely eradicated, social equity and sustainable development will not have been achieved. FAO is committed to working together with its partners in the region and around the globe in order to eradicate hunger and ensure many future generations of well-nourished and prosperous farmers and consumers.

Regional Perspectives and Priorities

Nutritional considerations need to be seriously integrated into agriculture, livestock, aquaculture and related programmes so that this dimension can be monitored and desired outcomes achieved.

The agricultural sector both affects and is affected by climate change. While it contributes to mitigating it, agriculture affects climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from croplands and animals.

Agriculture can contribute significantly to economic growth in normal times and serves as an employer of last resort in times of crisis. Stagnation of crop productivity, as reflected in yield plateaus in some parts of the region, is a critical constraint to meeting rapidly rising demand.

The region is prone to a wide range of natural disasters. Improving capacity to prevent, manage and respond to food threats and emergencies will help stabilize food availability and access, and this must become an integral component of hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in the region.

Growing appreciation of sustainable use and management of natural resources and their strategic contribution to meeting present and future demand in the region is an encouraging trend. It is essential to build on this in the face of population growth and growing pressure on land, water, fisheries and forests.