UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has teamed up with Asian Institute of Technology to find innovative ways to target hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity across the continent.
A memorandum of understanding between the two organisations was signed at the FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok.
“This is a meaningful partnership that will provide opportunities for joint collaboration relating to FAO’s regional priorities,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO assistant director-general and regional representative.
“Through this MOU, AIT and FAO will continue to pursue regional capacity development designed to tackle poverty and improve food security through sustainable agricultural intensification and the development of greener technology.”
Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, president of the AIT, said development organisations and academic institutes need strong ties to achieve sustainable development
“FAO and AIT have a history of complementing each other’s work and today’s agreement formalises our desire for increased collaboration.”
The pair said they recognised the requirement for a greater commitment to support capacity building in science and education, and a strong commitment to increased efforts to bring together various disciplines that link research and knowledge with application.
Information and knowledge exchange, internship programmes and e-Learning have been identified as key elements of the partnership. Teams will work on ways to improve agriculture and food security, technology-enabled food supply chains, food safety and nutrition, among a laundry list of other fields.
FAO and AIT have also joined forces on a US$4.65m project to develop systems of rice intensification and policy advice in the Lower Mekong River Basin.