Laos, FAO discuss challenges, opportunities for food security, nutrition

Food security and nutrition in Laos and across the region are being discussed amid challenges and opportunities including climate change, innovation and digital technologies.

The future of food and agriculture was top of the agenda for officials gathered in Vientiane for the 35th Asia and the Pacific Regional Conference (APRC) Informal Country Consultation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday, Jan 27.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Phouangparisak Pravongviengkham and FAO Representative to the Lao PDR Nasar Hayat were joined by representatives from the government and civil society organisations in discussing timely topics in food and agriculture ahead of the 35th Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35) in Thimphu, Bhutan from Feb 17-20.

Country consultations serve as an informal forum for participants to be informed of the technical topics to be presented and discussed at the APRC and to provide feedback.

Participants shared their experiences as providers or beneficiaries of FAO cooperation, their concerns and challenges, institutional arrangements, policies, enabling environment in place, and lessons learned ahead of the regional conference in Bhutan.

FAO Regional Conferences are an official forum where ministers and high-ranking officials from FAO Member States in each of the five regions meet to discuss issues related to food and agriculture in an effort to obtain regional coherence.

While regional Conferences typically discuss current and emerging regional trends and challenges, the APRC 35 will also introduce innovation and digital technologies that are helping to improve food security and nutrition across the region.

Consultations offer insights into the Regional Conferences and their significance and discuss how to leverage the partnerships with the various stakeholders, including the civil society, think tanks and the private sector.

Source: Lao News Agency