From 22-23 March 2017, APAARI participated in the regional conference ‘LET’S GET TO WORK – Building a food secure future’ held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The conference focused on reduction of food waste and food losses to implement new solutions for the relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Vietnam, in close cooperation with the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Grow Asia, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The two-day conference brought together government ministers and other high-level delegates from government, international organisations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), knowledge institutes and the private sector. It had an action-oriented character and aimed to come to Food Security Initiatives (Deals) during several working group sessions. Subthemes of the conference were: food loss reduction; sustainable aquaculture; climate smart agriculture; and food safety.