Ministers and senior government officials from 40 regional member countries attended the 31st FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific in Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, from 12 to 16 March 2012. Representatives from international non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, United Nations organizations, civil society and media also attended the meeting as observers.
One of the Conference’s agenda focuses was the need for sustainable intensification and diversification of crops towards food and nutrition security. Sustainable intensification in agricultural production and promoting access to food by the poor are considered twin strategies that can address the problems of rising and volatile food prices, food insecurity and hunger, and diminishing natural resources currently facing Asia and the Pacific.
During the one-day field trip to NOMAFSI, on the 14th, the delegates visited, among various field research areas, the area of field research and experiments implemented by the Institute towards sustainable intensification of upland farming systems in the North of Vietnam.
In his welcome speech to the delegate, Dr. Le Quoc Doanh, the NOMAFSI Director General stressed that sustainable use of lands and water resources, steady increase in production of food and cash crops, developed agro-forestry and animal husbandry, and improved market engagement for agro-products are the Institute’s main focuses, and that farmers’ long term benefits, their improved life quality and environmental balance are their major goals.