FAO's latest report on food insecurity praises Asia for its great progress in significantly reducing the number of malnourished individuals and for halving the proportion of hungry in the last few decades. Despite this progress, there is much still to be done and the report calls for a more intensive, inclusive and holistic approach, which fosters greater integration of health and nutrition-sensitive interventions, to ensure food and nutritional security for future generations.
More than 90 percent of the 570 million farms worldwide are managed by an individual or a family, relying predominantly on family labour. Improved productivity of agricultural resources through sustainable intensification plays a key role in increasing food availability and improving food security and nutrition.
Under the theme 'Securing Asia's Food & Nutrition Future', the 4th Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture (RBF) will address these issues and explore ways to increase sustainable food production, and engage smallholder farmers towards improving nutrition and health in the region.
Seven commodity-working groups will focus on aquaculture and fisheries, cocoa, coffee, dairy, grains, palm oil and rice. These working groups will produce actionable recommendations for enhancing farmer access to finance, technology, knowledge and markets, and for solving Asia's nutrition crises.
Confirmed speakers include: Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director General & Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Shinta Kamdani, President, Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development, Beverley Postma, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Plus, Kamel Chida, Deputy Director, Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Phouthone Moungpak, Vice-Minister, and, Chair, National Nutrition Committee, Ministry of Health, Lao PDR, amongst many more.
Hunger remains an everyday challenge for almost 795 million people worldwide, including 780 million in the developing regions. Progress in the fight against food insecurity requires coordinated and complementary responses from all stakeholders.
RBF Food and Agriculture 2017 will be held in Jakarta, 13-15 March 2017, and brings together leaders from business, finance community, NGOs, and several regional governments, including Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos.
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