Digital technology is taking a growing role in the world’s food supply, from farm to fork. The right policies would ensure that the benefits are shared.
The COVID-19 crisis should be used as an opportunity for developing economies to implement reforms that help ensure food security
Hunger and malnutrition were an increasing problem worldwide before the pandemic. Restrictions imposed to curb disease spread have disrupted local and international food supply chains, making the problem even more urgent.
With the impacts of the pandemic on food and nutrition being felt around the region, planning is needed to avoid higher food prices, decreased nutrition and reduced food security.
Climate-smart and resource-saving farming technologies could be one way to address hunger in Asia.
The transmission channels of perishables like fruits and vegetables from producers to consumers in developing countries need a revamp to provide benefits to all involved.
Despite decreases in hunger due to economic growth, millions in Asia remain malnourished and without direct action the situation could get worse.
There is one sector that contributes up to a third of gross domestic product, and is an important source of foreign currency, in many of Asia’s developing countries. It could be deployed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Central Asia is improving food safety measures to share with the world some of the more than 8000 plant species, as well as livestock, from the region.
Area frame sampling – which compiles objective agriculture data using geographic areas and advanced technology – is increasingly being used in Asia to help farmers prepare for climate change and extreme weather.