Asia Regional (RDMA)

Region Profile
Asia Regional (RDMA)
Asia is home to about 2/3 of the world's 1.4 billion poor who spend half their income on food
Agriculture contributes about 16% to GDP in SAARC member states; 15% in ASEAN member states
A 20% reduction in rice prices is associated with a 15% decline in poverty
Asia is home to about 63% of the world’s malnourished
84 million, or 8%, of these malnourished people are in Southeast Asia
Food security emerged as a priority issue following sudden spikes in food commodity prices

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.

To meet its objectives, Feed the Future RDMA is making core investments in two areas:

1. Strengthening the Institutional Platform for Improving Regional Food Security. Feed the Future will support the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integrated Food Security Information System Framework and Strategic Plan of Action for Food Security (pdf, 56kb) in several critical areas: