Blogs on farmers

  • Farmers need objective, apolitical agriculture data to make the most of their harvest. Photo: ADB

    Harvesting the good data that Asia’s farmers need

    Published on Friday, 31 May 2019

    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.

  • Under local management, the irrigation system is better prepared to manage water flows.

    Local irrigation management boosts water, food security in Bangladesh

    Published on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

    A recent trip to southern Bangladesh showed that if you want to ensure water and food security, it’s also important that the right people are deciding how much water is needed, and when.

  • The average age of a Filipino farmer is now 57.

    Who's growing tomorrow's food?

    Published on Friday, 03 July 2015

    With a rapidly growing population in Asia and rising demand for drinking water, power, and food the competition for water resources is huge. The future challenge is how to grow more food with less water.

  • Eggplant harvest in Nepal.

    Minding the food gap: Reinforcing the link between inclusive growth and food security

    Published on Monday, 25 May 2015

    Success in tackling food insecurity is an important component of how inclusive an economy’s growth is. Unless the benefits of growth are equitably shared, access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for all will remain a challenge.

  • From Farm to Fork—Combating Asia’s Hidden Hunger

    Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014

    Feeding the world is becoming an increasingly complex task. Providing all our daily bread—or rice—requires grappling with intense competition for natural resources, producing more from less land and dealing with changing dietary habits. But meeting food needs is not just about quantity. Quality is also important. Along with daily minimum calorie requirements, people also need vital micronutrients from their meals.  High levels of micronutrient deficiencies, a phenomenon we call “hidden hunger” remains pervasive, particularly in South Asia and Southeast Asia.