The pandemic has increased malnutrition rates in many parts of Asia and the Pacific. Direct food assistance to the poor and programs that benefit farmers are being used to address the problem.
Farmers in parts of Asia have experienced devastating locust infestations in recent years, threatening national and local food security. A dedicated, well-funded team is needed to monitor the pests and take the fight to them.
As our work in Uzbekistan has shown, civil society organizations can provide the expertise and flexibility needed to support farmers.
Developing countries should consider the water, food, energy nexus – which addresses the interconnection between the three vital resources – when undertaking development activities.
COVID-19 has resulted in broad impacts on food security in Asia. Policymakers must respond quickly and aggressively to these challenges to avert long-term damage from this emerging crisis.
Climate change is now being felt at the dining table and the consumer’s wallet. The prices of food and many other products and services are soaring, and one of the causes is “climate change inflation”.
RORO transport systems can help level the playing field and diminish the use of middlemen as farmers get their products to market.
Traditional aquaculture practices are not sustainable. Improved policies and practices are needed to support the fish farmers who feed families in Asia and the Pacific.
These charts illustrate the environmental impact of agriculture in Asia and the need to move toward sustainable and healthy diets that are also environmentally friendly and affordable.
Coffee growers, and other farmers in Asia and around the world, need to make farming practices climate-smart and environmentally sustainable in order to maintain food supply and rural income.