Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

CLOSING REMARKS

by

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

delivered at the

Expert Consultation on
Strengthening Linkages between Research and Extension to
Promote Food and Nutrition Security

Bangkok, Thailand
11 to 12 December 2013

 

Research and Extension Linkages for Food and Nutrition Security is a gravely serious issue in our Asia and Pacific region. Despite enormous gains in the past decade to overcome hunger and poverty, about half a million persons are still hungry – and the greatest number are rural families where we work and have responsibilities. And although today’s food availability is increasing, there is no assurance for the future – we must redouble our efforts to deal with today’s issues while working to achieve for tomorrow's availability of food for all. Access and utilization continue to be issues that must be solved to ensure that even with adequate supplies, people eat well with safe food.
 
Your deliberations on research and extension – especially sharing your successes and building towards an Action Framework – will help us guide our work as we return to our countries and establish a path for further collaboration within the region. I propose that FAO will initially host support for research-extension network building along the lines of APAARI’s origins and would call on the continued collaboration of APAARI and CAPSA/ESCAP.
 
During 2014, we will all be asked to work on the Internation Year of Family Farming and to contribute towards the United Nations-wide Zero Hunger Campaigns. Again the work we have set out for ourselves will link to – and contribute well – to these efforts. I urge you to embrace these efforts to promote the cause of research and extension to fight food and nutrition insecurity.
 
I would like to thank you all for your active participation. I would like to especially thank Mr Subash Dasgupta and Dr Katinka Weinberger for initiating the idea for this meeting more than a year ago. Dr Paroda has provided additional efforts to bring a number of participants with great inputs – thank you for your support. I would also like to give a special note of thanks to the team from CAPSA under the guidance of Dr Katinka for their great efforts to undertake meeting organization.
 
I wish you all safe travels home.