Agriculture and Food Security
In the Spotlight
In Natore, Western Bangladesh, women running their family farms are growing high value crops that are improving rural incomes and strengthening national food security.
This operational plan guides ADB in meeting the recommendations of the midterm review of the ADB Strategy 2020 to provide increased emphasis on food security and agriculture productivity.
By 2050 there will be about one billion extra mouths to feed in Asia, as its population soars. But how much will be safe to eat?
Climate change is a major food security challenge for Asia with more than 60% of the population, or 2.2 billion people, relying on agriculture for their income.
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)