Virtual parliamentary dialogues: Food Security and Nutrition in the time of Covid-19

Asia Pacific Countries


Date: September 6th, 2021, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (CET/Rome Time)

Moderator: Mr Ferrand Pierre, Agriculture Officer, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, FAO

Simultaneous interpretation is available for Chinese, English and Spanish

9:30 – 9:35 am

5 minutes


Ms Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, FAO  

Presentation of participants of the opening session

9:35 – 9:55 am

15 minutes

Opening remarks

Mr Jongjin Kim, ADG/Regional Representative, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, FAO

Ms Nguyen Tuong Van, Secretary General of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly

Ms Miriam Ciscar, Head of the Sectorial Cooperation Department of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)

9:55 – 10:05 am

10 minutes

Food security and nutrition and the role of Parliamentarians in developing an enabling policy environment in the time of COVID-19

Ms Dandan Xu, Advocacy Officer, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, FAO

Mr Simon Blondeau, Legal Officer, Legal Office, FAO

10:05 – 10:30 am


Regional Round Table 

Which topics are being discussed in your Parliaments and which measures are planned to face the impacts of the pandemic and to promote recovery from the crisis related to Food Security and Nutrition?  

Remarks from Parliamentarians (2-3 minutes each) 

Mr Du Deyin, Hon. Vice Chairman of the 13th Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of National People’s Congress, China  

Mr Budisatrio Djiwandono, Hon. Vice Chairman of Commission IV, Indonesia 

Mr Keisuke Suzuki, Hon. Member of House of Representative, Japan 

Ms Unurbolor Damdinsuren, Hon. Member of the State Great Khural, Mongolia 

Ms Shandana Gulzar Khan, 
Hon. Chairperson of National Assembly’s Special Committee 
on Agricultural Products, Pakistan 

Mr Wilfrido Mark Enverga, Hon. Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, Representative of the 1st District of the Province of Quezon, the Philippines 

Mr Kraisid Tontisirin, Hon. Chair of the Senate Sub-Committee on Agricultural Production, Thailand 

Mr Le Van Kham, Hon. Member of the Social Affairs Committee, National Assembly of Vietnam

10:30 – 10:55 am

25 minutes

Plenary Discussion 

Question for the debate: 

What role can Parliaments and Parliamentarians play in addressing and mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on food security, both in the containment and recovery phases? 

10:55 – 11:00 am

5 minutes


Ms Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, FAO