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    FAO in Asia and the Pacific annual report 2001 2002
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    This publication marks the 50th anniversary of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. It describes FAO priorities and activities in the region during 2001 till mid-2002. Agriculture is of crucial importance to the region, which is home to two-thirds of the world’s 800 million hungry people and three-fourths of the world’s farming households. As one of the largest UN specialized agencies with a mandate to fight hunger and rural poverty, since 1945 FAO has provided its expert ise in food production, distribution and rural development to member countries. This document gives an account of FAO priorities and programmes in areas ranging from production and access to food to sustainable rural development. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts. FAO support to countries in the form of policy guidance and field projects is also explained. A summary of the main management issues, including the identification of medium-term priorities for interdisci plinary action over the next 15 years, is provided.
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    FAO in the 2023 humanitarian appeals 2022
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    As 2022 nears an end, almost 1 million people face starvation – almost double the numbers of 2021. Across the world, 222 million people are experiencing high acute food insecurity, almost one in five of whom are struggling to access enough food to survive the day. They are overwhelmingly farmers, fishers, herders and foresters, whose most basic means of survival have been devastated by conflict or extreme weather (drought, floods), pests, disease or the steady disruption of economic turbulence and instability. Agriculture aid is life-saving humanitarian aid. Urgent, time-sensitive agricultural interventions, especially when combined with cash and food assistance, have enormous impacts on food availability, nutrition and displacement, among others, significantly cutting other humanitarian costs. More importantly, such interventions are geared towards meeting the needs and priorities of affected communities – allowing them to remain in their homes where it is safe to do so, meet their own needs and lead their own future recovery. Under the 2023 humanitarian appeals, FAO requires USD 1.9 billion to help almost 50 million people gain access to a steady supply of nutritious food, facilitate their recovery and lay the foundations for resilience to future shocks.
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    Bangladesh and FAO: Achievements and Success Stories 2011
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    Bangladesh joined FAO on 12 November 1973 within two years of gaining its independence from Pakistan. Since that time, Bangladesh and FAO have worked closely together in the areas of agriculture, food, forestry, fisheries, livestock, rural development and climate change. These efforts were strengthened with the establishment of the FAO Representative Office in Dhaka in 1978. Bangladesh is home to the most densely populated flood-plain delta in the world. It regularly suffers from natural disaste rs such as floods, cyclones and drought. It is also vulnerable to the growing effects of global climate change. But when faced with adversity, the country, especially its farmers and fishers, is extremely resilient. In the immediate post-independence period, FAO was one of the first international agencies to extend a considerable amount of assistance to Bangladesh to support relief and rehabilitation, as well as national efforts for economic recovery and reconstruction, and – on the other hand – Bangladesh has contributed significantly to FAO initiatives, commissions, committees and working panels. Bangladesh has had some success in reducing its numbers of hungry people. The population has increased from about 75 million at independence to about 150 million now. More than 40 million Bangladeshis – 27 percent of the population – are undernourished by FAO’s definition – not having access to adequate amounts of safe, nutritious food to sustain a healthy and productive life. In the early 1 990s, about 45 million, or 38 percent of the population was hungry. However, even with the impressive development of the agriculture sector in recent decades, undernutrition has remained a challenge largely because of rapid population growth and dwindling land resources. Today, the situation is being exacerbated by stresses such as climate change and the global increase in the prices of food, fuel and fertilizer. Bangladesh is struggling to strengthen its institutions and programmes so it will h ave the capacity to cope with natural disasters, environmental change and population growth. Though the future impact of climate change is still uncertain, Bangladesh is preparing for the likely eventualities of increasingly serious weather-related events. FAO is incorporating responses to these growing concerns in its cooperative development initiatives. Over the last 30 plus years, the country was served by dedicated FAO teams.

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