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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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Improving the enabling environment for agriculture in ASEAN

This chapter assesses the enabling environment for sustainable agricultural productivity growth in the countries that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It first outlines the key challenges and opportunities facing the agricultural sectors of ASEAN members that motivate the need for sustainable agricultural productivity growth. Second, it presents an updated and revised Agricultural Growth Enabling Index (AGEI). Third, it applies the AGEI to a subset of ASEAN members: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Finally, it presents country-specific profiles of the performance of each of the ASEAN members across all components of the AGEI.

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