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Villagers near the Yancheng Rare Bird National Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China reduce pesticide use for the benefit of ecosystems and livelihoods. 

Asia and the Pacific has reduced the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day by more than half, 10 years ahead of the 2015 global target set out in the Millennium Development Goals. Improving the well-being of the region’s poor, however, entails looking beyond the poverty line.

Using the power of the sun to dry fruit has resulted in a dramatic increase in the value of apricots for growers in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region, boosting the incomes of poor families and inspiring a new generation of agribusiness entrepreneurs.

The development and strengthening of knowledge-based economies is both an imperative and an opportunity for developing Asia to sustain high rates of growth in the future and avoid the middle-income trap.

This index aims to give policymakers a unique tool to measure progress in fostering creativity and innovation in 22 Asian economies, with the United States and Finland included for comparative purposes.