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At a Glance: Food Insecurity in Asia: Why Institutions Matter

Publication | November 2017
At a Glance: Food Insecurity in Asia: Why Institutions Matter

Over 500 million Asians still suffer from hunger. This report examines the role of institutions in fighting food insecurity in selected Asian countries.

While overall food security has improved remarkably in Asia in the past decades, food insecurity still prevails in many developing countries in the region. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, over 500 million Asians still suffer from hunger. Sound strategies need to be developed and actions undertaken to fight food insecurity in Asia.

This report suggests that institutional differences between countries are the most fundamental determinants of their divergent food security status. The report takes a comparative approach in selected countries in Asia, focusing on the roles and effects of governmental and economic institutions on food security. These countries share similarities, but also differ in terms of their institutional settings, natural resource endowments, population size, and the level of economic development.

This report will be useful for anyone interested in food security, including officials of national governments and international bodies, researchers, and university students. A more comprehensive study on the same topic is available in a book, Food Insecurity in Asia: Why Institutions Matter.