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31st FAO Conference Decisions for Vietnam and the Region

March 23, 2012

The 31st United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for the Asia-Pacific wrapped up on March 16 in Hanoi. Addressing the closing ceremony, Hiroyuki Konuma, Chief Representative of FAO in Asia-Pacific highlighted the importance of the event for the future of agriculture and rural development in the region. He said the conference provided FAO with much valuable information and experiences on a number of important policy issues as well as other issues related to agriculture and food security. 

Konuma also provided a summary of the conference discussions that included recent development trends, initiatives and policies at both regional and national levels, and highlighted the two technical presentations related to the strengthening of sustainability and diversification of agricultural crop plants, the development of value chain and reduction of post harvest losses for farmers.

The five-day conference was participated by hundreds of delegates from over 40 FAO member countries, observers from seven UN organizations, six inter-governmental organizations, 28 civil society groups and special observers from Singapore, Brunei, and the Holy See.

Decisions and recommendations adopted at this conference are considered the foundation to help FAO build priorities in the future, programs and action plans, policy advice and technical assistance to its member countries.

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