Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Media Advisory - How agriculture can combat malnutrition in Asia

Bangkok, Thailand, 06 Dec 2011 -- Despite significant progress and increased prosperity, Asia has made insufficient progress in reducing hunger and malnutrition. While the number of poor has fallen dramatically—from about 1.4 billion in 1990 to about 900 million in 2005—the number of undernourished has remained close to 600 million.

With underweight prevailing in around one in three children, the region has around 100 million children under the age of five suffering from stunting – in particular in South Asia and parts of Southeast Asia. In addition, non-communicable diseases are on the rise and place a double burden on nutrition and health workers.

FAO in collaboration with partners is organizing the first ever regional forum focusing on nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food-based approaches.

During the opening ceremony, Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO’s regional chief will deliver a keynote address; and via direct video link from the US, David Nabarro, the UN special representative on food security and nutrition will present the vision of the UN community.

Among others, Kraisid Tontisirin, president of the Thai Nutrition Association will be in attendance as well as Dyno Keatinge, director general of the World Vegetable Center, William Collis, director of the World Fish Centre, Bev Postma, executive director-general of Food Industry Asia, and Yasuhiko Toride, director of nutrition improvement projects and associate general manager of the R&D planning department of AJINOMOTO Co., Inc, Japan.         

Journalists and news organizations are invited to attend the opening ceremony of the forum. During coffee break one-on-one interviews will be facilitated.

When? Wednesday 7 December 2011, from 0900 to 1000 h

Where? Plaza Athenee Hotel, Bangkok
Star Room, 29th floor


For more information on the FAO press conference please contact Ms Kanokporn Chansomritkul, information clerk, email