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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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    Meeting report of the Ministerial Roundtable on Zero Hunger at the 34th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific 2018
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    The Ministerial RoundTable on Zero Hunger was a ministerial segment in thirty-fourth session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) which was held in Nadi, Fiji on 12 April 2018. The objective of the Ministerial Round Table was to generate political commitment to achieve SDG 2 and translate it into actions that would benefit smallholders as well as a larger population in the region. It served to: (i) create greater awareness among Members and partners regarding the scope and achievements of the regional Zero Hunger policy processes and initiatives; and (ii) provided an overview of the regional approaches taken to address gaps and challenges to maximize impact. This event demonstrated progress made towards the Zero Hunger vision at regional and country levels, as well as the successes to date in SDG 2, achieved with support from FAO in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
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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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