The vision of the FAO office in Bangkok is a food-secure Asia and the Pacific region.
Its mission is to help member countries halve the number of undernourished people in the region by 2015 by raising agricultural productivity and alleviating poverty while protecting the region’s natural resources base.
In order to fulfill the vision and mission, a highly participatory process was used to translate FAO’s corporate strategic objectives into five Regional Strategic Priority Areas:
- strengthening food and nutritional security
- fostering agricultural production and rural development
- enhancing equitable, productive and sustainable natural resource management and utilization
- improving capacity to respond to food and agricultural threats and emergencies
- coping with the impact of climate change on agriculture and food and nutritional security.
Within the above regional priorities, the core functions of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific are:
- providing perspectives, trend monitoring and assessments
- capacity building and technical support
- policy assistance and advice to subregions
- building partnerships and alliances
- strengthening information, knowledge and statistics
- developing international instruments.
As a result, a new organizational structure was implemented which involved building multidisciplinary teams around three core areas: (a) agricultural production systems; (b) economic, social and policy assistance; and (c) natural resources and the environment.