34TH APRC REPORT PRESENTED TO 41ST FAO CONFERENCE

The outcomes of the 34th Session of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) which was convened in Nadi from 9th-13th April 2018 was presented yesterday during the 41st Session of the FAO Conference in Rome, Italy.

While presenting the Report of the 34th APRC Session, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Hon. Dr. Mahendra Reddy highlighted key agenda items and recommendations made during the APRC for FAO’s consideration.

Minister Reddy presented key agenda items based on the State of Food and Agriculture in Asia-Pacific Region, including Future Prospects and Emerging Issues, Climate Action for Agriculture: Strengthening the Engagement of Agriculture Sectors to Implement the Climate Change Elements of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific, Accelerating Action on Food Security and Nutrition in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Addressing Food Safety Challenges of the Asia-Pacific Region.

“The Regional Conference recommended that FAO support Governments in strengthening comprehensive policies for family farmers, in the context of the UN Decade of Family Farming, and help harness their full potential to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda,” said Hon. Reddy.

He iterated the region’s call for the FAO to support the development of nutrition-sensitive food systems approaches that foster an enabling environment for mainstreaming nutrition through agriculture and food chain actions.

“The Regional Conference recommends that FAO assist countries in identifying partnership opportunities between the public and private sectors, including South-South Cooperation and other mechanisms and to support countries on sustainable fisheries and other actions to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing,” he said.

In addition, it was also highlighted that the Region recognized the importance of enhanced climate action in the agriculture sector in order to strengthen the resilience of food systems and moderate sector-specific drivers of anthropogenic climate change.

“The Regional Conference recommended that FAO work with countries to develop public and private sector partnerships and collaborate in the design, financing and implementation of sector-specific activities.

From the Asia-Pacific standpoint, Minister Reddy presented that the Regional Conference recommended FAO facilitate access of countries to climate finance for investment in national priority actions to address risks and opportunities for agriculture identified in NDCs, agri-Sendai implementation plans and other climate change policies and strategies.

The Minister is currently in Rome attending the 41st Session of the FAO Conference.