Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Media Advisory: Briefing on the conclusions and recommendations of the ADB/FAO/IFAD/WFP High level regional consultation on policies to respond to high food prices

Bangkok, Thailand, 02 Oct 2012 -- Press Briefing: The press briefing on the conclusions of the high level consultation on policies to respond to high food prices in Asia and the Pacific region will begin immediately after day-two of the consultation concludes, today Tuesday, 02 October at 6 PM.

The briefing will take place in the VIP lounge just off the Crystal Ballroom of the Hotel Plaza Athénée, A Royal Méridien Hotel, 61 Wireless Road (Witthayu) Lumphini Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand.

The following participants will be available for the briefing and for one-on-one interviews:

Mr Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Kenro Oshidari, Regional Director, Bureau for Asia, WFP, Mr. Ganesh Thapa, Regional Economist, Asia and the Pacific Division, IFAD and Ms Lourdes S. Adriano, Advisor and concurrently Practice Leader (Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development) Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Security Unit, Regional and Sustainable Development Department.

The consultation was attended by some 120 officials from more than 20 Asia-Pacific countries, including 10 ministers and vice-ministers, to consider ways to coordinate international action to prevent food price shocks like those that affected tens of millions of people in 2007-2008, when a number of countries were wracked by food riots and social unrest due to high food prices. With the recent sharp increases in international market prices of maize, wheat and soybeans, fears of another food price crisis have risen. The meeting gave agriculture ministers, international development organizations, UN agencies, bilateral donors, research institutions, private sector and civil society organizations an opportunity to discuss country situations and determine what measures need to be taken to prevent a new price crisis.