Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific

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. Read More

Trees Provide Income and Preserve Land in Pakistan

A sustainable livelihood project in Pakistan is boosting poor farmers’ income and protecting their land from erosion. Read More

Organic Crops Help Small Farmers out of Poverty in Lao PDR

With ADB support, organic farming in Lao People's Democratic Republic is helping reduce rural poverty and preserve the environment. Watch Video

Preserving the Rich Marine Biodiversity of Asia’s Coral Triangle

Overfishing, pollution, and poverty are threatening the health of Asia’s Coral Triangle, the world's richest concentration of marine biodiversity. Read More

Agriculture, Food Security, and Rural Development in Asia and the Pacific

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.

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Key Statistics

$1.05 billion
total assistance to agriculture and natural resources sector in 2013 Source

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) Source