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Our Priorities in the Asia-Pacific Region

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.

Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives 2018-2020

Transforming our world through achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is the ideal that underpins the work of FAO. Since 2014 FAO has integrated its work through Regional Initiatives (RIs) as multidisciplinary mechanisms to ensure effective country delivery and impact of FAO’s work on the key priorities of the Regions, contribute to FAO’s Strategic Objectives and support member countries in achieving the SDG’s.  There are five regional initiatives: Blue Growth, Climate Change, Interregional Initiative on Small Island Developing States Pacific Component, One Health and Zero Hunger.   Integral to each initiative is SDG5 Gender Equality, and each initiative works towards FAO's mandate of achieving an end to hunger and malnutrition. Leave no one behind!

Blue Growth 

FAO's Blue Growth Initiative (BG) aims at harmonizing the environmental, social and economic aspects of living aquatic resources to ensure equitable benefits for communities.  The BG strengthens governance of fisheries and aquaculture, improve management practices in the changing social, environmental and climate context.
Read about FAO's  BG work in Asia-Pacific that is improving the life and livelihoods of aquaculture farmers,  fishers', their communities and fresh and marine aquatic environments.

Climate Change

Climate Change  is adversely affecting every aspect of food security and nutrition. Farmers are among the populations most vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate. The Climate Change RI (CC) will assist Members to scale up climate adaptation and mitigation action in and for agriculture, and to advance the sector’s role in global frameworks.
Read about FAO Asia-Pacific regional work in the region to mitigate climate change.

Interregional Initiative (IRI) on SIDS - Pacific Component

The Pacific is a vast space of ocean punctuated by small islands. Rising sea levels and ingress of salination are affecting the precious arable land resources. Traditional diets are changing and with the change comes obesity, under-nutrition and food systems change.The Inter-regional Initiative on Pacific SIDS (IRI) will support the joint efforts of governments of Pacific Members and partners to improve the sustainability and nutrition-sensitivity of Pacific SIDS food systems through enhanced multisectoral commitments and scaling up food security and nutrition actions. Read about FAO's IRI  work in the Pacific to address the complicated complex of challenges and innovative solutions.

One Health

Good health starts with nutrition. But good health goes beyond human health to include the well-being of the entire holistic ecosystem in which we live and co-exist, including plants, animals and humans. In addition to under-nutrition, obesity, childhood stunting and food insecurity, FAO is working on antimicrobial resistance, on transboundary diseases, the interface between animal-human diseases, plant protection, the reduction of pesticides. The One Health Regional Initiative (OH) will build multi-stakeholder platforms for policy making, conduct analyses of rural-urban food systems as well as pilot good practice packages to improve nutrition, food safety and environmental health.

Visit FAO Regional Office for Asia-Pacific's webpages on OneHealth here.

Visit FAO Regional Office for Asia-Pacific's webpages on Food Safety here.

Zero Hunger

Approximately 60% of the world's undernourished population live in Asia and the Pacific. FAO's vision of the world is a world without hunger, a #ZeroHunger world. It is possible to achieve this vision but it requires concerted and collective action. The  Zero Hunger RI (ZH) will continue to support Members to create an enabling environment  to  nurture ecologically viable, nutrition-sensitive and climate-smart agriculture and food systems within existing resource availability.

Visit the Zero Hunger by 2030 webpage.

Visit the Future Smart Food webpage.

Visit the webpage on Strengthening food and nutritional security.

Regional Perspectives

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.

FAO leads development of methodologies and standards to promote international comparisons of data, and holds periodic meetings and workshops to advocate these methodologies, good practices and standards as part of its capacity development programme.  

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.