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    Future Smart Food:Country scoping and prioritization studies on neglected and underutilized species 2018
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    This policy brief summarizes the future smart foods that are suitable for agriculture in eight countries in Asia-Pacific.
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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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    Future Smart Food: Rediscovering Hidden Treasures of Neglected and Underutilized Species for Zero Hunger in Asia
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    2018
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    For centuries people in Asia and the Pacific region have grown and consumed a wide variety of nutritious foods. Unfortunately, more recent generations have slowly but surely changed their diets and have moved away from many of these traditional foods. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working with our Member Countries to reinvigorate both production and consumption of these crops – often referred to as neglected and underutilized species (NUS). This work is consistent with FAO’s role in providing support to countries to meet the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), primarily, but not limited to, SDG2 which aims to achieve Zero Hunger, specifically to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030. The Zero Hunger goal implies that no one should be left behind. The Asia-Pacific region is home to most of the world’s undernourished people (490 million). Other forms of malnutrition remain challenging, including stunting and micronutrient deficiencies. While in some countries there are rising rates of overweight and obesity. The issues are manifest in both the demand side and supply side. On the demand side, there is population growth, urbanization, migration, and the changing consumption associated with rising incomes. On the supply side, the combined effects of climate change, declining agricultural biodiversity, water scarcity, land scarcity, and degradation of natural resources are threatening world food security.

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