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FAO concerned with obesity rate in Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 02/09/2020

The obesity rate in Tonga is among the issues discussed during the FAO’s conference meeting, with Tonga highlighted due to the increase of Non Communiable Diseases (NCD) in the country.

The CEO of the Ministry of Agriculture – Dr Villiam Manu told Radio and Television Tonga News that this is one of 7 issues raised during the FAO conference meeting for the Asia-Pacific region with a concern towards the kingdom’s significant obesity rate.

This meeting also focused on ending global hunger and poverty amid COVID-19 impacts in Asia and the Pacific.

Tonga raised the issue of finding possible methods that can help increase the country’s agriculture, at the wake of natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes and droughts.

However, Viliami adds – the FAO are really concerned on safegaurding the livelihood of people through agriculture and commercial fishing.

Yesterday and today’s meetings are for Agriculture and Fisheries CEOs while Thursday and Friday’s meetings will be for the Ministers who will approve the issues discussed in the first two days of the meetings.

This is the 35th FAO meeting which was initially scheduled to be held in Bhutan this year but due to COVID-19 it is being held virtually via Zoom.

In attendance are the 46 member countries of the FAO including Tonga.

The virtual conference will end on Friday.

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