Japan and FAO review and recommit to partnership through annual consultation in Tokyo
The government of Japan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reviewed and recommitted to their partnership during their Annual Strategic Consultation held in Tokyo on January 21, 2020. The consultation, which has been taking place annually since 2017, focused this year on collaborations in nutrition, technological innovations in agriculture, agriculture for economic development in Africa, and private sector engagement, among other topics.
A major focus of the consultation was collaboration around the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G) planned for December 2020. FAO has been involved as a co-lead of the Working Group on Food Systems and as part of the Advisory Group for the summit. FAO placed an emphasis in the discussion on connecting the outcomes of N4G into the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit in 2021.
As part of the consultation, the two parties also released the latest 'FAO + Japan' report, which outlines Japan’s financial, expertise, and human capital contributions as an FAO partner. According to the report, Japan made total assessed and voluntary contributions of US$81 million to FAO in 2019, a decrease of US$3 million in voluntary contributions from 2018. In line with Japan's general development cooperation policies, Asia was the largest focus of contributions during the 2018-2019 period, with 46% of Japan's contributions to FAO going to projects in the region.