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Meeting report of the Ministerial Roundtable on Zero Hunger at the 34th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific














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    Ministerial Round Table on Zero Hunger 2018
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    The Asia-Pacific region, despite impressive economic growth in recent decades, is home to 490 million people still suffering from chronic hunger, accounting for 62 percent of undernourished people in the world. Stunting of children remains a serious challenge, with the prevalence over 40 percent in several countries. Micronutrient deficiencies are still a major problem in many countries. The trend of childhood obesity is increasing, and the region has about 17 million children under five years of age who are overweight. Thus, the Asia-Pacific region currently is affected by a triple burden of undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. However, ending poverty and hunger by 2030 is feasible. Together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), FAO is committed to achieving Zero Hunger in the context of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) to eliminate hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. As almost 80 percent of the extreme poor live in rural areas, it is therefore necessary to transform the rural economy and to empower small-scale and family farmers as critical agents of change in order to achieve Zero Hunger. This document describes the background to, the objectives of and the agenda for the Ministerial Round Table, held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Nadi, Fiji at APRC 34.
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    Video message of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand The Ministerial Roundtable on Zero Hunger at the 34th Session of FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific 2018
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    As FAO’s Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger on Asia and the Pacific,she raises a few issues that I feel are central jointly achieving SDG2 – the Sustainable Development Goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition in all forms.
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    Report of the Regional Workshop on Neglected and Underutilized Species for Zero Hunger: Status, Progress and Way Forward 2018
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    The purpose of the Workshop was to take stock of the work on scoping and prioritization of Future Smart Food (FSF) among NUS for Zero Hunger that has been done, draw lessons from the work done for the Regional TCP on Creating Enabling Environment on Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture (TCP/RAS/3602) under RI-ZHC, and identify the way forward and new work on FSF that can be integrated under RI-ZHC. The major outputs of the Workshop include updated national scoping and prioritizing study on FSF, consolidated national and regional workplans of the Regional TCP and Recommendations prepared by experts collectively. The Recommendations address, among others, enhancing of public awareness and education on FSF and malnutrition and climate change, a need for consolidated national action plans on FSF with strategic and inter-ministerial coordination, FSF value chain pilot studies and development, as well as the call for a broader technical, policy and advocacy support to promote production, marketing and consumption of FSF.

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