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As the world recovers from pandemic, and continues to combat climate change, forty Asia-Pacific countries unite for an agrifood systems transformation to ensure food security of future generations
Forty countries from the Asia and Pacific region today agreed that transforming agrifood systems was imperative to providing food security for their children’s generation and beyond, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported today. The summation was delivered at today’s close of the 37th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC37). The conference was hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka Forty countries...
37th Session of FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific officially opens
How to transform agrifood systems and act as global agent of change the key focus
20.02.2024 Colombo, Sri Lanka
37th Session of FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific officially opens
How to harness the potential of a dynamic region in transforming the ways in which our food is produced and distributed globally, while also tackling its own all-too persistent problems of hunger and poverty - these are the crucial challenges that ministers from across Asia and the Pacific will be discussing in a four-day meeting here this week, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).“We...
Governments from Asia and the Pacific gather to review lessons learned from pandemic and environmental crises and transform agrifood systems for present and future generations
Colombo, Sri Lanka – Government policymakers from across the vast Asia and Pacific region are meeting here this week to agree a pathway to reform their agrifood systems and accelerate recovery from pandemic and environmental crises, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), reported today. Government Ministers and Heads of Delegation from as many as 46 FAO Member Nations have gathered in the Sri Lankan capital for the...
Leveraging Science and Innovation for OCOP implementation in Asia and the Pacific – APRC37
Science and innovative technologies can speed up efficient, resilient, sustainable and inclusive development of value chains of geographically-specific special agricultural products (SAPs), helping bring about much-needed transformation of agrifood systems, enhancing smallholder incomes, ministers of three Asia-Pacific countries told the biennial FAO regional conference here today. Addressing a plenary session at the ongoing 37th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific,  Younten Phuntsho, Bhutan’s Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, emphasized...
Undervalued but nutritious foods to get boost from new geographical and environmental traceability tool in Asia and the Pacific
FAO and China’s oldest land and environmental research institute signed an agreement today to harness an innovative geographical and environmental traceability tool that will  link consumers and growers of special agricultural products (SAPs) to promote their unique qualities and cultural importance. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGSNRR-CAS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...
The climate crisis and accessing finance top agenda at high-level gathering of Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and Landlocked Developing Countries at APRC37
The challenges of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the perils of the climate crisis and the complexities of leveraging finance were among the topics discussed at a gathering today of ministers from many of the Asia-Pacific Region’s countries most vulnerable to global economic and climate shocks.  A key purpose of the gathering – a special event forming part of the 37th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...
Global Environment Facility approves new FAO-led projects and programs – including 14 Asia-Pacific countries – FAO to lead 48 projects worldwide
Washington D.C./Rome – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has greenlighted 48 FAO-led projects worth about $2.9 billion –$294 million in project financing and $2.6 billion in co-financing– that will play a pivotal role in fostering a sustainable agrifood systems transformation to end hunger and conserve the environment. The initiatives, benefitting 4.2 million people in five different regions globally, will restore more than 474,000 hectares of land; improve practices on over 24...
High-level international UN FAO conference convenes to guide recovery and reforms of agrifood systems in Asia-Pacific for future food security
A major multilateral conference opened today in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo which aims to transform the Asia-Pacific region’s agrifood systems, after multiple human and economic crises have set back progress to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those to end hunger and poverty and reduce inequalities (SDGs 2, 1, 10). FAO’s 37th Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (#APRC37) marks a major international, multilateral milestone in...
In Asia and the Pacific, civil society organizations and private sector prepare for inter-governmental discussions on transforming the region’s agrifood systems for future food security
Civil society organizations (CSO) from Asia and the Pacific are preparing for participation in a major multilateral conference aimed at charting a course for the region’s food security and agrifood systems transformation. The CSO participation in FAO’s 37th Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (#APRC37) will aim to add a collective voice among civil society organizations during their contributions to discussions at the Conference – a biennial...
Royal Audience with His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen of the Kingdom of Thailand
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu had a Royal Audience with His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajarasudha Bimollaksana of the Kingdom of Thailand, during his official visit to the country. The Director-General expressed his sincere gratitude to the Royal Family for hosting the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on the premises of the Crown Property Bureau under His Majesty the King since 1953. QU...
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