ADB, Partners Call on Rebounding Asia to Boost Investment in Agriculture

News Release | 7 July 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Asia's rebounding economies must boost investment in agriculture in order to tackle widespread hunger and cushion billions of people from future spikes in food prices, main speakers at a food security forum at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said today.

"Achieving food security at regional, national and household levels has long been a struggle for the region, even during the best of economic times," ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said in a speech to hundreds of policymakers, development experts and representatives from the public and private sectors at the Investment Forum for Food Security in Asia and the Pacific.