Rural Development and Food Security Forum 2019

28 October 2019 ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines

Transformative Changes for Rural Prosperity and Nutritious Food

ADB’s Strategy 2030 that is aligned with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) calls for urgent attention to meeting the challenges of poverty, food insecurity, and rural prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

The region’s population is expected to reach 4.9 billion by 2030—accounting for over 60% of the global population. The region is expected to maintain a robust annual GDP growth rate of about 6.5% over the coming decades. To supply sufficient, nutritious, safe and affordable food for much higher and prosperous population, the region will have to reckon with the fact that it accounts for just 35% of the global arable land that has to support 60% of the global population while both its land and water resources are under stress and in decline.

In the coming decade, what happens to farmer incomes, food security and rural development (rural youth employment in particular) in the region will determine if ADB’s Strategy 2030 operational priorities, specifically addressing the remaining poverty and reducing inequalities and commitments to SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG2 (Zero hunger), SDG 3 (Good health and well-being), and SDG 4 (Quality education), can be realized.

ADB’s Operational Priority 5: Promoting rural development and achieving food security under Strategy 2030 aims to assist developing member countries (DMCs) to increase agricultural productivity and profitability, enhance food safety, and improve climate and environmental resilience and sustainability. These objectives can only be met by adopting effective and farmer/gender-friendly policies and investments, climate-smart agricultural technologies, and catalyzing public and private sector investments in developing rural economies.


The Rural Development and Food Security Forum 2019 (#RDFS2019) is a call to action for DMC governments to provide active leadership to generate rural prosperity and effective stewardship to land and water (fresh and marine) resources to ensure sufficient, safe, nutritious and affordable food production.

#RDFS2019 aims to seek knowledge—from global, regional and local stakeholders, experts and practitioners, including ADB staff and Management—on enabling policies, technologies and investments that will assist DMCs/ADB in the following key areas:


Target participants

The forum gathers participants from:

How to register

Registration to the RDFS forum is now closed. See guide for registration for confirmed participants.


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

Event organizers / partners

#RDFS2019 is organized with:

Presentation materials

See presentation materials from this event on ADB Knowledge Events.


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