Thailand can help region tackle food security, nutrition problems: FAO meeting
Thailand is well-positioned to be an Asean leader in helping the region cope with the problems of food security and malnutrition - major factors slowing down regional development - during the run-up to the Asean Economic Community in 2015, an international meeting heard Tuesday.
At the two-day Asean high-level consultative meeting on "Integrating Nutrition into Asean Food Security Framework and its Strategic Plan of Action for Food Security", held at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Bangkok, panellists shared the view that Thailand and Asean should concentrate on tackling food security and under-nutrition as a priority issue in order to promote sustainable economic growth.
Hiroyuki Konuma, assistant director-general of the FAO and regional representative for Asia and the Pacific, said Asean had been recognised for its rapid collective growth in gross domestic product of about 7-8 per cent a year. Moreover, regional integration has also shown a strong commitment towards continuous economic growth.