The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Far East was first temporarily opened in China in 1947. Through a decision of the FAO governing bodies, in 1948 the office moved to its present location in Bangkok which subsequently became its permanent site in 1953.
One of five FAO regional offices across the world, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has grown more than fourfold since 1948 and now has 44 member countries.
The regional office is headed by an Assistant Director-General who is also the FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.
In 1996 a Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands was opened in Samoa – presently covering 14 Southwest Pacific countries - headed by the FAO Sub-regional Representative for the Pacific.
There are also FAO country offices in Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (also covering Korea DPR and Mongolia), India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal (also covering Bhutan), Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka (also covering Maldives) and Viet Nam; and in the Pacific: Samoa (also covering Cook Islands, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).
Finally, there is an FAO Liaison Office in Japan (LOJA).