Consultation on Partnerships between FAO and Universities in Bangkok (15 May 2014, 09:00-12:00hrs -- FAO RAP)
As part of the continued efforts in promoting partnerships to eradicate hunger, poverty and malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific organized a consultation meeting between FAO and universities in Bangkok on 15 May 2014 at FAO RAP.
University and student representatives from Assumption University, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Mahidol University, Srinakarin Wirote Univeristy and Thammasart University attended the consultation meeting.
At the consultation, Mr Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific presented the overview of status of global and regional food security. Mr Konuma emphasized the fact that the world currently produces sufficient food for all. However, the world is still home to 842 million chronically hungry people. Despite good progress in eradicating hunger, there is much to be done, including through partnership with universities and the students who will be the future workforce, he added.
During the deliberation, the participants recognized the importance of, and the need for, establishing a network between FAO and universities in Bangkok to foster continued discussion and consultation for joint activities and collaboration. The consultation supported proposals for student-led activities in raising awareness on food security and poverty eradication as well as other related issues such as food losses and food waste. Possible activities include symposium, joint research, seminars, campaigns, debates, contests and other events where universities and their students will take a lead with support from FAO. The consultation also agreed to explore further organizing activities prior to the celebration of World Food Day 2014 in Bangkok.