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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.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is both dynamic and diverse. Strong economic growth, continued development and the transformation of the agricultural and fisheries sectors have left their mark on regional food security: whereas in the early 1990s, undernourishment rates for the region were the world’s highest, by 2014, these rates had fallen below those seen in the majority of other regions worldwide. However, despite this impressive performance, the region contains more than 60 million undernourished people, indicating that more needs to be done.

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