Regional conference focuses on food security and stability

Participants at the 34th Session of Food and Agriculture Organisation Regional Conference (APRC) during the opening ceremony in Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED

Participants at the 34th Session of Food and Agriculture Organisation Regional Conference (APRC) during the opening ceremony in Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 1:37PM A FOUR-day meeting focused on climate change adaption in the agriculture sector, addressing food safety challenges and the state of the agriculture sector in the Asia-Pacific region began today in Nadi.

While officiating at the opening ceremony of the 34th Session of Food and Agriculture Organisation Regional Conference (APRC), Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and NDMO Inia Seruiratu said food security was of high importance to any country and when natural disaster struck, food became unavailable.

“This meeting shows our commitment to ensuring the maintenance and strengthening of national as well as regional food security and stability. Apart from being susceptible to extreme climate events, food production has encountered a new challenge where food is now also a source of renewable energy,” Mr Seruiratu said.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative Kundhavi Kadiresan said chronic hunger was still present in parts of South and Southeast Asia with some 490 million people undernourished in this region.

She said there was a need to work together to address this issue in the individual countries.

Senior officials from 46 countries in the Asia-Pacific region are in attendance at this meeting.