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FAO and Japan partnering to build global food security

About the partnership

For decades the Government of Japan has been among FAO’s foremost partners, working to build food security and promoting sustainable use of natural resources. The country is the second largest contributor to the Organization’s regular budget, a lead voluntary contributor and one of the top resource partners supporting FAO’s 2 500 ongoing field programmes. Japanese expertise and personnel are vital to the Organization’s work in sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry development.

Wide-ranging global cooperation:

Codex Alimentarius Commission – Japan is funding workshops and training courses to strengthen ASEAN countries’ capacities for creating and implementing Codex standards. It is also providing the Commission with a resident expert advisor. ­

International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) - Japan is fielding an international plant quarantine officer with the FAO-based IPPC Secretariat to support developing countries in plant pest control. ­

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture – Japan is funding a project to support ratification and the implementation of the Treaty in Asian countries. ­

Transboundary animal diseases – Japan is funding the expansion of FAO-coordinated information-sharing mechanisms in Asia, thereby minimizing transboundary disease risk. ­

Agricultural information – Japan is funding efforts to improve information sharing in agricultural markets in Thailand and the Philippines as part of the FAO-based Agricultural Market Information System. ­

Adaptation to climate change – FAO and Japan have come together in a trail-blazing initiative known as Analysis and Mapping of Impacts under Climate Change for Adaptation and Food Security (AMICAF), combining vulnerability mapping with measures to bolster food security. ­

Heritage at risk – Japan is funding the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), launched by FAO to safeguard unique and ingenious methods developed by agriculturalists to produce food for in harmony with the natural environment. ­

Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries – Japan funds a series of projects aimed at strengthening implementation of the Code of Conduct, including the development of tools to cope with illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and climate change. ­

Forest, soils and water – Japan is providing funding and expertise for a project to enable evidence-based forest planning and management decisions in Mexico, Nepal and Viet Nam by consolidating information on the soil and water conservation functions of forests. ­

Locust management – Japan is funding a project aimed at improving national and regional locust management through development of increased national capacities and regional cooperation in Central Asia.