Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific



Hiroyuki Konuma
Assistant Director-General and
FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

delivered at the

Workshop on Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)

Bangkok, Thailand
17 to 19 July 2013


FAO Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to extend you a warm welcome to Thailand and to this “Training course on Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA) conducted for the Asia and the Pacific region”. This training is organized with the aim to provide you with both theoretical and practical inputs that will allow you to participate and contribute to a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment process: in case a PDNA is launched in any of your countries or when support is needed from FAO RAP staff.

This training is taking place at an appropriate time. Recently the PDNA main sections of the guidelines have been endorsed by the three PDNA partners (the UN, the WB and the EU) and the different sectorial specific guidelines were revised and updated.

I would like also to highlight that RAP is the first region hosting this strategic training. For this reason, all of you should be aware of both the importance and understand that your presence comes with responsibility to share your experiences and utilize the knowledge gained.

My dear colleagues,

Natural disasters, natural hazards and climate change have most severe consequences on the food security and livelihoods of poor vulnerable and agriculturally-dependent populations of the AP region. Natural hazards and disasters can force a country off its development track or even derail all the country development efforts.

To respond to crisis, threats and emergencies, RAP rapid disaster response team (RAP-RDRT) has been formulated. The Rapid Disaster Response Team leads and contributes to FAO’s Strategic Objective 5 (SO5) at the Regional Level: “Increase the resilience of livelihood to threats and crises”. This training is to empower and build the capacities of decentralized locations, particularly at country level, and create the necessary synergies to lead FAO’s emergency response planning and implementation in close coordination and support with the concerned technical and operational units of the regional office.   Colleagues,

This course aims to also develop the capacities at the regional level to adopt the PDNA as a tool to identify post-disaster needs and design participatory and people-centred recovery processes.

The PDNA training will provide an orientation to the various aspects of a post-disaster needs assessment, from coordination issues to a description on the sector based assessment.

The methdology that will be used will encourage and build upon participants’ existing knowledge and experience of conducting assessments. The course will seek to widen the assessment tools, the methodologies and process for collecting and analysing data. It will also allow participants to reflect on how they can further sustain capacities for conducting assessments and planning for recovery.

I wish you a fruitful and productive workshop.