COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY
EXTRACTS RELATED TO THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT FROM THE REPORT OF THE TWENTY-THIRD FAO REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
I. REPORT OF THE TWENTY-SIXTH FAO REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (APRC/02/REP)
SUMMARY OF MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS
- welcomed the initiative of the Director-General in convening the upcoming WFS:fyl and noted the potential for a “Global Alliance Against Hunger” to further mobilise political will in combating hunger; delegates looked forward to further discussion of the concept at the WFS:fyl.
Preparation for the WFS:fyl−Regional Dimensions
For the attention of Governments and FAO
- called for substantial increases in agriculture and rural development investments.
- urged follow-up action to the International Conference on Financing for Development to enhance allocations of financial resources to the agriculture and rural development sectors.
- uged national and international organizations to step up research efforts to identify sound approaches for adapting agriculture to meet the challenges of climate change.
A. FOR THE ATTENTION OF GOVERNMENTS
- urged member countries to give priority to sustainable, broad-based agricultural growth (including enhanced productivity) and rural development as cornerstones for reducing undernourishment.
- encouraged all countries, that have not yet prepared national action plans, to do so as quickly as possible and to support their effective implementation.
- recommended that countries pay special attention to the roles of women in agriculture and utilise the vast potential of community-government partnerships in combating hunger.
- urged countries to ensure that the important principles adopted at the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Doha are implemented.
- urged member countries to participate fully and effectively in the upcoming round of negotiations on agriculture to ensure fairness and equity in existing arrangements.
- encouraged member countries to extend their full support to the application of food insecurity and vulnerability information mapping systems (FIVIMS).
For the attention of FAO
- requested FAO to strengthen national capacities to analyse trade issues, assist countries in formulating and updating national trade legislation and facilitate regional and sub-regional information sharing related to trade negotiations.
- requested FAO to provide support to member countries in establishing and strengthening national FIVIMS.