Excessive-level delegations from 46 Asia-Pacific nations convene main FAO meals and agriculture discussion board on COVID-19 restoration, local weather disaster, livestock and crop illnesses

08/03/2022 Dhaka, Bangladesh

Excessive-level delegations from UN FAO Member nationsacross Asia and the Pacific convened at present for a 4 day session to deal with and reply to the harm accomplished to economies and livelihoods within the meals and agriculture sectors within the wake of the worldwide pandemic.

Different urgent points embrace addressing main dietary issues – 40 p.c of this huge area’s inhabitants can’t afford a wholesome, nutritious weight loss program – whereas animal and crop illnesses and threats to meals and agriculture manufacturing, aggravated by the continued disruption ensuing from the local weather disaster, can even function prominently in discussions. Improved ecosystem responses within the Pacific Islands is one other key matter.

Advancing the appliance of innovation, science and digitalization to assist an agrifood methods transformation on the planet’s greatest and hungriest area is among the many details for consideration.

Finally, the purpose of the Convention is to construct again higher, with Higher Manufacturing, Higher Vitamin, a Higher Surroundings and a Higher Life for all – leaving nobody behind.

The Convention and the Points

The 36th Session of the FAO Regional Convention for Asia and the Pacific(#APRC36), convened by the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO), is hosted by the Authorities of Bangladesh, within the capital Dhaka, and convened in Hybrid modality.

Delegates from FAO Member nations in Asia, are joined by Member nations from the South-West Pacific. These embrace the participation of Ministers of Meals and Agriculture who will be part of the session on 10 and 11 March. Many high-level delegates are attending in-person, whereas others are becoming a member of just about.

FAO Director-Common, QU Dongyu, can also be attending the Convention in-person.

“This APRC is exclusive. It’s the first time FAO has convened a regional convention in Asia and the Pacific in a Hybrid mode. I’m hopeful that additionally sends a sign that, whereas COVID-19 remains to be with us and round us, we’re slowly rising from its grip,” Jong-Jin Kim, FAO Assistant-Director Common and Regional Representatives mentioned throughout the opening session. “We now see gentle on the finish of the tunnel with an eventual return to a extra conventional assembly and dealing surroundings,” he added.

Whereas a major focus of #APRC36 deliberations will probably be on COVID-19 restoration efforts, the Ministers and Senior Officers attending #APRC36 can even contemplate responses to each rising and ongoing points. A significant matter is lack of affordability – an FAO and UN Company report final yr decided round 40 p.c of the area’s inhabitants, at the moment, couldn’t afford a nutritious, nutritious diet. Since then, the worth of meals has risen. FAO’s Meals Value Index is now recording its highest meals costs, globally, in additional than a decade.

The delegates are additionally focusing their consideration on responses to longstanding threats to livestock, comparable to these attributable to Avian Influenza, African swine fever and weakened immune responses as a result of inappropriate and overuse of antimicrobials in animal manufacturing. Ecosystem responses in Small Island Creating States (SIDS) within the Pacific Islands are among the many prime priorities, whereas methods and means to mitigate reoccurring threats to vegetation and crops, comparable to Locusts and Fall Armyworm, can even be examined.

Implementing the brand new FAO technique on coping with local weather change in addition to alternatives which can be rising from functions of innovation, science and digitalization within the meals and agriculture sectors to supply options can also be a serious a part of the discussions.

Finally, the aim of this four-day FAO Regional Governing Physique Session will probably be to achieve a consensus that balances the wants of individuals, home animals, wildlife, biodiversity, and ecosystems via One Well being approaches.  

In-depth rationalization of all of those subjects is out there right here and extra details about the #APRC36 might be discovered on the Conference Web site homepage.

Anticipated outcomes

The 46 Member Nations in Asia and the Pacific, as FAO’s Regional Governing Physique, will set in movement a two-year course of labor for the FAO Regional Workplace and its technical specialists, via course of a set of prioritized nation and regional wants.

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