Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Regional Priorities

Improving capacity to respond to food and agricultural threats and emergencies

Objectives:

  • facilitate the shift in emphasis from emergency response with short-term relief measures towards broad-based and concerted disaster risk reduction, preparedness and prevention programmes, with emergency response followed up by LRRD in order to mitigate the long-term impact of disasters on food security and balanced nutrition; and
  • enhance subregional capacity for disaster and risk reduction, preparedness for natural disasters and effective emergency response which links relief and rehabilitation to longer-term sustainable development. 

The region is prone to a wide range of natural disasters. Transitory shocks cause chronic poverty and hunger, particularly among those with limited coping capacity. Improving capacity to prevent, manage and respond to food threats and emergencies will help stabilize food availability and access, and this must become an integral component of hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in the region. The key objectives of this priority area are to facilitate a shift in emphasis from purely emergency response towards broad-based and concerted disaster risk reduction, preparedness and prevention programmes, with emergency response followed up by linking relief and rehabilitation to development (LRRD) to mitigate the long-term impact. The primary tools will be better management information systems, collaboration and partnership on regional mechanisms, advocacy and technical assistance and regional networking and capacity building. Expected results include enhanced capacity, better regional collaboration and networking mechanisms, technical support and capacity building, practical technologies and innovations on the disaster risk reduction – linking relief and rehabilitation to development (DRR-LRRD) spectrum and improved approaches on resettlement and rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

For more information see the document:  FAO Regional Priority Framework for Asia and the Pacific (2010-2019): Towards Food Security in the Region.