Two Thai Women and a Passion for Organic Food

The market for organic vegetables in Asia is large and growing fast. In Thailand, ADB is helping farmers organize themselves into producer groups that can meet the region's growing demand for pesticide-free vegetables. Read More

Making Grasslands Sustainable in Mongolia

Climate change threatens grassland ecosystems and the livelihood of livestock herders in Mongolia. A new ADB report identifies and reviews potential adaptation practices for sustainable grassland management in the country. Read More

Climate Resilient Rice: More Crops per Drop

New rice varieties are being developed and water-saving cultivation technologies promoted to help feed Asia's growing populations. Read More

Thinking about Water Differently: Managing the Water–Food–Energy Nexus

Water must be recognized as an economic as well as a social good, as water security is crucial to the future of people, communities and nations across Asia and the Pacific region. Read More

Responding to Asia’s Food Crisis

Two-thirds of the world’s one billion hungry reside in Asia and the Pacific and rising food prices are bringing the specter of food shortages and undernutrition to millions more of the region’s poor.

In response to this regional food crisis, ADB has shifted its strategic focus from agriculture to a comprehensive multi-sector food security engagement with the goal of curbing food insecurity, particularly among the poor and vulnerable.

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Key Statistics

More than 40%
of children in several countries in the region are stunted

112 million
people in the region could have escaped poverty between 2001-2013 had food prices not increased

of the population in Asia and the Pacfic is undernourished (compared with 12.5% globally)