Bangladesh, other Asia-Pacific countries convene virtual FAO conference

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains to approach lives and livelihoods over many nations of the Asia-Pacific region, it has led to setbacks in the fight to end hunger and malnutrition, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) announced today.

The Asia-Pacific area is house to more than half of the world’s hungry, and with COVID-19 the number of hungry people in Southern Asia is predicted to increase by nearly a third to 330 million by 2030, according to a message received here.

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In reply, Government diplomats from 46 FAO Member Nations in Asia and the Pacific have gathered a four-day virtual gathering to closely monitor the present situation of the region’s food security, with particular stress on implications connected to the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on food systems region-wide.

More than 400 representatives are participating in a virtual meeting of the 35th Session of the FAO Asia and Pacific Regional Conference (#APRC35), which is going to hosted by the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Their numbers include Government Ministers, private sector, civil society, academia, and technical experts in the food and agriculture sectors. All sittings of the conference can be watched live via Webcast.

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