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FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than half a billion (62 percent) of the world’s undernourished people and over 100 million stunted children, resulting in the suffering of millions and, all too often, premature death.

This is unacceptable in a region which has been showing strong economic growth in recent decades. It is also home to a vast majority of the world’s smallholder farmers who presently produce enough food for all.



The global Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC) was initiated at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012. In the past six years, FAO has been working to meet that goal. The Regional Initiative on Zero Hunger in Asia and the Pacific (RI-ZH) has been implemented in Bangladesh, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor-Leste. It has been further extended to Cambodia, Viet Nam, Fiji, Pakistan and Thailand. Three thematic components, based on their critical importance for achieving zero hunger, reducing malnutrition, as well as on FAO’s comparative advantages and experience in the region, give a structure to the work on Zero Hunger.

Main Thematic Components:

  • Formulate food security and nutrition strategy, policy and coordination mechanism including sectoral policy;
  • Promote nutrition-sensitive agriculture; 
  • Conduct data analysis and monitoring of SDGs for decision-making.

RI-ZH is implemented under FAO’s Strategic Objective 1 (SO1), and is also contributing to the remaining four SO’s – SO2, SO3, SO4 and SO5, and, of course, directly contributes to achieving SDG 2 – the eradication of hunger by 2030.

The Regional Initiative Delivery Team includes staff from the FAO Representations in the relevant member countries, FAO headquarters and the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP). 

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Viet Nam

  • Decision on “Promulgating the National Action Plan on Zero Hunger In Vietnam By 2025” approved by the Prime Minister on 12 June 2018 
  • High-level meeting in February 2016 with the UN Resident Coordinator, Ministers of the Ministry of Rural Development and FAO in Viet Nam 
  • Establishment of a National Steering Committee on Zero Hunger in May 2016
  • Coordination Office for National Action Plan on Zero Hunger Challenge within the Department of Cooperatives and Rural Development in November 2016