Building Food Security and Managing Risk in Southeast Asia

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This report explores effective policy solutions to the current and future challenges related to food security in the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). While robust GDP growth, rising agricultural productivity and output, and strong growth in agricultural incomes have all contributed to vast improvements in the food security of the region, 60 million people remain undernourished. ASEAN governments have therefore justifiably kept food security as a policy priority. The regional policy architecture set out in ASEAN frameworks provides sound guidance, yet some of the current policies adopted by members are not helping to address food insecurity and its causes, including the formidable challenges related to climate change and the need for continued growth in sustainable food production to feed growing populations. This report puts forward a number of policy recommendations to ensure that the ASEAN agricultural and fisheries sectors contribute effectively and efficiently to ensuring regional food security.



Agricultural and food security outlook for Southeast Asia

This chapter presents medium-term projections for markets and production of agricultural and fisheries commodities important for the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, including the implications of these projections for future food security. It also considers longer-term issues for agriculture and food security in the region, related to the possible impacts of climate change. To this end, it first explores projections of prices, production and trade of key regional agricultural and fisheries commodities. Second, it analyses the impacts of these medium-term projections on regional food security within ASEAN. Third, it considers some of the longer term implications of climate change on agriculture and food security.


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