FAO prioritises ending poverty, hunger, malnutrition

PART of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) priorities in the 2030 Agenda are to end poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

This was highlighted by Trade, Industry and Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya during the opening of the 27th session of Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS) at Sheraton Fiji Resort in Nadi yesterday.

Mr Koya said this was tied to the principle of “leaving no one behind”.

“This is driven by means of partnerships, accountability and underpinned by communication, FAO’s broad priorities in the 2030 agenda are to end poverty, hunger and malnutrition, enable sustainable development in agriculture, fisheries and forestry and combat and adapt to climate change,” he said.

Mr Koya said the workshop was also a great avenue for FAO as it strove to significantly increase the availability and quality of agricultural and rural statistics.

He said the effort to improve the awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators and development of a harmonised approach to the collection and use of agricultural and rural statistics in the Asia and Pacific region was possible. Mr Koya said this could be achieved through provision of information on the program for the World Census of Agriculture 2020.