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.
Karen is currently working as a consultant at the ADB’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. Prior to joining ADB, she worked as Statistician involved in production of official economic statistics at the Philippine Statistics Authority. She holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Tokyo International University in Japan.
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Despite the global economic turmoil, remittances remained remarkable resilient during the pandemic. Reforms are needed to keep this financial lifeline strong in the years ahead.