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    Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2017
    Investing in Food systems for better nutrition
    2017
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    The fight against hunger is slowing and as we reassess progress we are concerned that the number of hungry people in Asia and the Pacific region may have already begun to rise. This means that many countries in this region risk not meeting the 2030 target of ending food insecurity. Malnutrition and stunting among children below the age of five remains high in many countries in the region, with large disparities among population groups. More people in Asia and the Pacific region are moving tow ards healthier diets, although the availability of nutritious foods is still inadequate in many countries. However, on average, the consumption of food items considered unhealthy is also on the rise. A key challenge is to reorient food systems in a way that will help promote healthier diets through supportive food and trade policies, education and awareness campaigns. The special theme of this year’s report is Reducing Food Loss and Waste. Considerable analytical work has been und ertaken on this issue during the past 4-5 years, reaffirming the initial claims that reducing food loss and waste offers a triple win – for food security, higher income for farmers and supply chain actors, and the environment. The special section reviews existing knowledge on the extent of food loss and waste in the region, examines their definitions and measurement challenges, and considers existing policy/programme initiatives. One conclusion is that the data and available estimates are inadeq uate for establishing a baseline for the purpose of monitoring progress. FAO is finalizing some approaches that would help national statistics offices collect essential data and establish a baseline, which is essential for monitoring progress.
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    Pacific food systems
    The role of fish and other aquatic foods for nutrition and health
    2023
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    From expert consultation, literature review, and the Pacific Food System regional dialogues (2021), this report distills seven recommendations, and their rationale, for realizing and maintaining the full nutritional and health benefits of fish and other aquatic foods in the Pacific Island region. The majority of Pacific Islanders live close to the coast, where harvesting, exchanging and eating fish and other aquatic foods are a part of daily life. Fish and other aquatic foods provide a rich source of micronutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein, and as such, provide a necessary complement to the carbohydrate-rich diets among Pacific Islanders. Because of shifts in broader dietary patterns, Pacific Islanders are struggling with the triple burden of malnutrition: undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overnutrition. The diagnosis and recommendations provided in this report consider nutrition improvements that fisheries and coastal resource management can contribute to, but also brings to the fore the complementary intersectoral actions, that address both upstream and downstream determinants of malnutrition, needed to improve nutrition and health among Pacific Islanders. The seven recommendations to realize the full nutritional and health benefits of fish and other aquatic food are; (1) Safeguard fish and other aquatic foods for sustainable healthy diets: (2) Invest in multisectoral collaborations for nutrition: (3) Protect aquatic ecosystems to ensure a continuous supply of biodiverse fish and other aquatic foods for diets: (4) Raise awareness of the nutritional and health benefits of eating fish and other aquatic foods: (5) Design nutrition-sensitive strategies that serve women and also children during the first 1000 days of life (6) Develop and deliver food preservation techniques appropriate for fish and other aquatic foods to fill shortfalls (7) Strengthen trade and supply chains toward nutrition outcomes.
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    Pacific Tourism and Agriculture Policy Toolkit
    Policy measures to promote linkages and drive inclusive growth in Pacific Island Countries
    2016
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    The aim of this Toolkit is to showcase examples of robust policies to promote stronger economic linkages between the agriculture and tourism sectors, thus increasing the value of tourism to PICs. Specifically, it provides case study examples of the tools available to policy-makers to improve market opportunities by incorporating local food into the cuisine offerings provided by PIC tourism. This will not only create employment and business opportunities for rural communities; it will also enhanc e the marketability of the Pacific as a tourist destination. Furthermore, the Toolkit provides advice on various implementation methodologies to ensure their adoption by national and regional authorities. This resource, therefore, is designed as a practical guide for stakeholders in the PIC sectors of tourism, agriculture, fisheries and finance.

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