32nd Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific begins
10 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia--- Government Ministers and high-level officials from nearly 40 countries are set to gather in Asia’s largest land-locked country this week to discuss ways and means to bring an end to hunger and improve food security across this vast continent. The 32nd Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) being held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is being hosted by the Government of Mongolia and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO has warned that governments in Asia and the Pacific should take some major, fundamental decisions – and soon – about ways to increase their food production and address undernourishment. While the Asia-Pacific region is making good progress in reducing under-nutrition, it still has more hungry people than all the other regions of the world combined – more than 550 million.
David Dawe is a Senior Economist in the Agricultural Economics Division of FAO in Bangkok. In the following interview he elaborates on the state of Food and Agriculture in the region and what governments need to do going forward.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari