Agriculture and Food Security
In the Spotlight
Agriculture is placing the biggest demands on water in Asia and the Pacific, as rising populations, rapid urbanization, and energy, industrial, and domestic use have left water stocks in a critical state.
In Pakistan's province of Punjab, ADB is working with the government to replace a 100-year-old weir that regulates water flow to canals irrigating more than 12,000 sq km of agricultural land.
This publication chronicles the results of the Second Asian Irrigation Forum (AIF2) and discusses strategies and opportunities to address challenges for a more sustainable and resilient agriculture in support of food security. Early this year, the AIF2 was held to address the challenges faced by Asia’s irrigation sector.
ADB has approved a $30 million financial assistance including a $5 million grant and technical assistance from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to boost agriculture production and food security by improving water resource management in Tajikistan.
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.