Agriculture and Food Security

In the Spotlight

Overview

 

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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Fast Facts

 

$1.05billiontotal assistance to agriculture and natural resources sector in 2013
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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)
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