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Rural Development and Food Security Forum 2019

Event | 28 - 30 October 2019 ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines

Transformative Change for Rural Prosperity and Nutritious Food

Although 1.1 billion people have moved out from extreme poverty since 1990, poverty incidence remains high in the rural areas of most countries in the Asia and Pacific region. There is still widespread unemployment; limited access to education, healthcare, and financial services, particularly for women; and lack of rural roads, power supply, water and sanitation facilities, and other infrastructure services. Information and communication technologies have yet to penetrate majority of the rural areas. Many rural communities also remain increasingly vulnerable to climate change, disasters, and natural calamities.

Poverty is inextricably linked with food security of which agriculture is the driving force. Agriculture continues to be the dominant source of income and livelihood in rural areas. However, it is faced with problems—lagging rural development, dysfunctional agricultural markets, unprofitable smallholder farms, increasing population, climate change, and environmental degradation, among others.

Global population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. This will increase food demand between 59-98% and require at least 60% increase in food supply.

Now is an opportune time to transform agriculture and make it more productive, resilient, sustainable, and profitable to drive economic growth in the rural areas. With economic growth comes increased employment and income, improved access to safe and nutritious food, better diets, and enhanced climate resilience.


The Rural Development and Food Security Forum 2019 (#RDFS2019) aims to:

  • share and learn from today’s challenges, good practices, recent trends, and innovations to promote rural development and achieve food security;
  • strategize ways and means to scale up innovations in the Asia-Pacific region; and
  • discuss ways to build and strengthen synergies, networks, and partnerships.

Discussions focus on:

  • Farming crises to highlight solutions and address the diminishing returns of farmers amidst the pressure to produce more nutritious, safe, and affordable food;
  • Malnutrition to identify priority actions for over half a billion children under five years who are undernourished, stunted and wasted, a third of which live in Asia-Pacific; and
  • Transformative technologies for rural prosperity to help overcome structural constraints and rural areas to become spaces of development, giving impetus to growth, modernized agriculture, and non-farm goods and services.


  • Technology and Innovation Marketplace—Increase your awareness of innovative products and technologies, exchange ideas and solutions, and explore partnerships with the different exhibitors; and
  • Online community—Share feedback, insights, and resources with fellow members before, during, and after the forum to sustain dialogues.

Target participants

The forum gathers participants from:

  • Government and intergovernmental organizations in the Asia and Pacific region;
  • Multilateral and bilateral development institutions engaged in agriculture and natural resources, rural development and food security;
  • Private firms engaged in the agriculture and food business;
  • Research and development institutions, think tanks, and centers of excellence in agriculture and natural resources;
  • NGOs and civil society and advocacy organizations engaged in agriculture and natural resources; and
  • Other individuals and organizations interested and/or engaged in agriculture and natural resources.

How to register

Register now to participate in the forum. The deadline for registration is 15 September 2019.


While attendance to the event is free, ADB does not cover travel and accommodation expenses of participants.

Event organizers / partners

#RDFS2019 is organized with:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • International Rice Research Institute
  • World Bank
  • WorldFish
  • World Food Programme
  • World Vegetable Centre