FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Strong and consistent economic growth in Asia and the Pacific region over most of the past 40 years was associated with significant drops in hunger and poverty, until recently. Appropriate policy and structural adjustments fueled increased agricultural and industrial growth, which raised farm outputs and lowered food prices. Yet millions are still mired in poverty and their plight has worsened significantly since the food crisis of 2007-08 and the subsequent global economic recession. The region continues to be home to two-thirds of the world's nearly one billion hungry people.

Strengthening food and nutritional security


  • Contribute to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific in line with the targets of the WFS and the MDGs; and
  • Support regional initiatives taken by partners and other UN organizations to eradicate hunger and malnutrition through specific action in food and agriculture.

Governments need to acknowledge that problems of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiency persist, and they should sensitize the public to the magnitude of the problem, its causes and effects and possible strategies to combat it. Nutritional considerations need to be seriously integrated into agriculture, livestock, aquaculture and related programmes so that this dimension can be monitored and desired outcomes achieved.

The key objectives of this priority area are to contribute to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific region in line with the targets of the World Food Summit (WFS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to support regional initiatives towards meeting these goals.

The primary tools will be an analysis of vulnerable populations, improved means of information gathering and dissemination, institution building, policy dialogue, situation analysis, advocacy, partnerships and strengthening South-South collaboration.

Expected results include an improved policy environment for food and nutritional security, improved policy and technical support, reports on food security issues and strengthened cost-benefit analyses.