Agriculture and Food Security
In the Spotlight
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.
ADB invests around $2 billion a year to curb food insecurity in Asia and the Pacific, where two-thirds of the world’s hungry live.
A sustainable livelihood project in Pakistan is boosting poor farmers’ income and protecting their land from erosion.
With ADB support, organic farming in Lao People's Democratic Republic is helping reduce rural poverty and preserve the environment.
Two-thirds of the world’s one billion hungry reside in Asia and the Pacific. Rising food prices are bringing the specter of food shortages and undernutrition to millions more of the region’s poor.
Supplying growing populations with adequate and affordable food is a major challenge, requiring massive investments in food distribution, storage, and marketing facilities.
$1.05billiontotal assistance to agriculture and natural resources sector in 2013
112millionpeople in the region could have escaped poverty between 2001-2013 had food prices not increased
14%of the population in Asia and the Pacfic is undernourished (compared with 12.5% globally)