37th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

Quito (Ecuador), Hybrid Event, 28/03/2022 - 01/04/2022


Speech of FAO Director-General QU Dongyu
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Latin America and the Caribbean map pathway to transform agrifood systems

Ministers of world’s largest agrifood net exporting region meet in Ecuador for FAO Regional Conference focused on healthy diets, inclusive rural societies and sustainable agriculture.


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Ecuador’s ministers of Agriculture and Foreign Relations, FAO Regional Representative and FAO Chief Economist will analyze the complex scenario that affects agrifood systems

Pedro Álava, Juan Carlos Holguín, Julio Berdegué and Máximo Torero participate in the FAO Regional Conference, which is taking place in Quito, Ecuador through April 1.

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The FAO Regional Conference begins with the participation of all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean

They will seek solutions to face the most complex agri-food scenario in recent decades.

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Day 1 - Senior Officers Meeting

Opening, election of the leadership, presentation of results, priorities and regional FAO scientific strategy. Civil society.

Day 2 - Senior Officers Meeting

Plenary and update on the development of the new FAO regional strategy on climate change.

Day 3 - Opening ceremony and thematic sessions: Better production and Better nutrition

Senior Officials Meeting: Plenary and update on the development of the new FAO regional strategy on climate change.

Day 4 - Thematic sessions: Better environment and Better life

Thematic Ministerial Sessions: Better Environment and Better Life. Discussion and review of the draft Conference Report.

Day 5 - Senior Officers Meeting

Closure of the 37th FAO Regional Conference. Statement from the CEO. Announcement of the next host country for the Regional Conference.

large-scale results in Latin America and Caribbean during 2020-2021

During the 2020-2021 biennium, the Member countries of FAO in Latin America and the Caribbean achieved large-scale results and moved towards more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems.

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FAO Director-General visits Hand in Hand Territory, Andean landscapes project

QU Dongyu, Director-General of FAO (R), visits San Miguel de Perucho, in the north-central area of Pichincha province, in the framework of the 37th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Latin America and the Caribbean is committed to confronting and overcoming the most complex humanitarian, economic and social crisis in recent decades, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. No other region has been hit so hard.

The agri-food sector is key to move beyond the crisis. From farms all the way to consumers' tables, the people, organizations and businesses that make up the region's agri-food systems employ tens of millions of people.

These systems are responsible for between 9 and 35 percent of the Gross Domestic Product of the countries of the region, and contribute 25 percent of their exports.

Without optimizing the contribution of agri-food systems, it will be much more difficult to get out of the crisis. However, there is broad agreement that the region's agrifood systems must be transformed, according to the priorities and capacities of each country.

This transformation is also essential to move towards more sustainable, resilient agriculture and agri-food systems, adapted to climate change.

Without it, we will not be able to ensure safe, nutritious and healthy food for the entire regional population, especially for the 267 million people who suffer from food insecurity.

Nor will we be able to create conditions for rural inhabitants to overcome of poverty, which affects 45% of the said population.

FAO Member countries unanimously approved the new FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031, which calls for supporting the 2030 Agenda through transformation towards more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, to achieve better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The Regional Conference is held every two years and brings together the governments of the 33 Member States of FAO in Latin America and the Caribbean to establish the regional priorities of the Organization for the next biennium.

The 37th Conference will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from March 28 to April 1, 2022.

The Regional Conference will be a moment in which the member countries will define the regional priorities to adapt and localize the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031 to the conditions of Latin America and the Caribbean.

During the Regional Conference, the countries will analyze the work done by FAO in the previous two years in the region, and agree on recommendations for initiatives and priorities that will guide the Organization's work during the 2022-2023 period.

In addition, delegates will present and discuss outstanding innovations that countries are implementing.


List of Documents Provisional Agenda

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Map of FAO Projects in Latin America and the Caribbean


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Secretariat Contacts

Jorge Meza
Conference Secretary

Paula Valdivieso
Conference Protocol Officer

Communications contact

Benjamín Labatut
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