ADB scales up nature-based solutions and support for climate-smart agriculture across the entire agriculture and food value chains, including the blue economy.
ADB announced plans to provide at least $14 billion over 2022-2025 in a comprehensive program of support to ease a worsening food crisis in Asia and the Pacific, and improve long-term food security by strengthening food systems against the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.
The assistance expands ADB’s already significant support for food security in the region, where nearly 1.1 billion people lack healthy diets due to poverty and food prices which have soared to record highs in 2022.
Although hunger declined between 2001 and 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in developing Asia's undernourished population.
Climate related disasters have had a severe impact on agriculture in Asia.
Regional food prices have risen steeply, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Results delivered in 2022 from ADB projects.
People benefiting from
increased rural investment
Farmers using quality farm inputs
and sustainable mechanization
Land with higher productivity
In Asia, 75% of farmers are dependent on agriculture. Climate change is projected to reduce crop productivity by 15% to 20% (or even 50% in some crops) by 2050 in the business-as-usual scenario.
Aside from exempting food supply chains from mobility restrictions and providing short-term financing, ADB also advocates for open trade and the availability of systems and processes to ensure transparency of information on food availability.
ADB promotes the efficient use of water resources to help increase the climate resilience of agri-food systems. As of 2021, irrigation ($2 billion), water-based natural resources management ($1 billion), and rural flood protection ($477 million) are among ADB’s top investments in agriculture and natural resources.
Chief of Rural Development and Food Security (Agriculture) Thematic Group
Director, Central and West Asia Department
Director, East Asia Department
Director, South Asia Department
Director, Southeast Asia Department
Director, Pacific Department
Principal Investment Specialist and Head, Agribusiness Investment Team