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.



Lessons from Indonesia on fishing for food security

This chapter explores how fisheries and aquaculture policies in Indonesia can contribute to improved food security and nutrition. It takes stock of the challenges to food security in Indonesia, describes how fisheries and aquaculture contribute to nutritious food supplies and incomes, and outlines the strategy of the Government of Indonesia for the sector. Policies currently in place are then analysed, and alternative policy options are proposed, where relevant, in light of three main objectives: sustainable management of natural resources for the future, increased economic opportunities for fishers and aqua-farmers, and improved consumer access to seafood.


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