FIJI / FAO ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today urged governments in the Asia and Pacific region to sharpen their focus on achieving Zero Hunger, and to do so by reducing rural poverty and adapting the agricultural sectors to climate change. FAO

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STORY: FIJI / FAO ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE
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DATELINE: 12 - 13 APRIL 2018, NADI, FIJI

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1. Various shots, President of Fiji and FAO Director-General at welcoming ceremony
2. Med shot, Fiji president Jioji Konusi Konrote speaking at podium
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“It is very important that SIDS Countries have their voice heard loud and clear at this Conference. SIDS and especially the Pacific Islands, are among the countries most vulnerable to the main challenge of our times: climate change. Climate change will likely continue to bring uncertainty and complexity and affect every aspect of our lives.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“And in the case of SIDS, adaptation to climate change and resilience to natural disasters is a more than vital condition to achieve sustainable development. It is in fact a matter of survival. Today, there are still nearly 490 million un-nourished people in Asia and the Pacific. Far more than any other part of the world. Countries need to step up their efforts to bring the fight against hunger back on track.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“What FAO is doing to win the fight against hunger in this region? First, I think the adaptation of agriculture sectors to the impact of climate change. Promote more resilience, using technology, climate smart agriculture, also now agroecology approach and many other ways to adapt and build resilience. The second is also to call attention on the need for specific policies to address the poorest in the region, especially family farmers.”
9. Med shot, delegates

STORYLINE:

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today urged governments in the Asia and Pacific region to sharpen their focus on achieving Zero Hunger, and to do so by reducing rural poverty and adapting the agricultural sectors to climate change.

Speaking today (12 Apr) in Nadi, Fiji, at the 34th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, Graziano da Silva said “countries need to step up their efforts to bring the fight against hunger back on track.”

According to FAO, out of the 815 million people that suffered from hunger in 2016, 490 million, or 60 percent, live in Asia and the Pacific.

While the region had recorded remarkable progress in reducing undernourishment over the last two decades, this has slowed down and the number of people suffering hunger has increased in some areas, especially Southeast Asia, Graziano da Silva noted.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and especially the Pacific Islands, are the countries most vulnerable to climate change, Graziano da Silva pointed out. Over the last 10 days alone, Fiji has been battered by cyclones Josie and Keni, and this is emblematic of how for the SIDS' adaptation to climate change and resilience to disasters is more than a vital condition to achieve sustainable development. "It is a matter of survival," the FAO Director-General said.

He also said, “What FAO is doing to win the fight against hunger in this region? First, I think the adaptation of agriculture sectors to the impact of climate change. Promote more resilience, using technology, climate smart agriculture, also now agroecology approach and many other ways to adapt and build resilience. The second is also to call attention on the need for specific policies to address the poorest in the region, especially family farmers.”

Graziano da Silva invited countries to propose how FAO can best assist them in planning and implementing actions, as well as mobilizing financial support to build rural livelihood resilience.

FAO currently supports 12 projects in the region to tap into the Green Climate Fund a mechanism that helps developing countries' finance climate change efforts. In the Pacific sub-region FAO is developing five projects in the following countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.
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