Despite historical gains from the Green Revolution and the dynamic macro-economies in the region, nearly two-thirds of the world’s 1.4 billion poor live in Asia, including 84 million in Southeast Asia alone.
Food security emerged as a priority issue following sudden spikes in the prices of food commodities in 2007-2008. Asia was the epicenter of this worldwide crisis, and the severity in this region was primarily due to a lack of a sophisticated and open market for regional trade in food commodities, as well as sudden changes in some countries’ trade policies.
Price increases exposed the vulnerability of the poorest segments of the population—half of whose household income,
The impact of Feed the Future in the Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) will vary from country to country over the next five years. Please refer to individual country profiles for more detailed information.