Food Security in Asia and the Pacific

Dated: 2012-10-20

ISLAMABAD: The world is facing a perilous convergence of depleting natural resources—of water, good land, energy, nutrients, technology, fish and stable climates.

According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) the world’s population is projected to increase by more than 2 billion between now and 2050, the majority of which will come from Asia. Approximately one billion people in the world are undernourished or lack enough caloric intake and the 1 billion are malnourished, and still another billion are overweight or obese.

It said two-thirds of the world's one billion hungry reside in Asia and the Pacific. And 68 parentage of the world's underweight children living in Asia and the Pacific.

It said nearly 30 per cent undernourishment decreased in Asia and the Pacific in the past two decades, from 739 million to 564 million. 3.5 per cent to 38.5 per cent.

The Bank further said more than 50 per cent Asia's poor spend more than half of their income on food with nearly one-fifth spending more than 70 per cent and 2.2 billion people in Asia and the Pacific who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods whereas 50 per cent of population in Asia and the Pacific expected to be living in urban areas by 2026.

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