Food Security and Nutrition in Asia
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What drives changes in food security and what does this imply for agricultural and food policy? | ReSAKSS - Asia

What drives changes in food security and what does this imply for agricultural and food policy? | ReSAKSS - Asia | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it

Food security is a particular concern for Asia. The first reason is the sheer size of Asia’s undernourishment problem. According to a recent FAO report, of the 868 million people estimated to be undernourished in the world, 564 million, or 65 percent of the total, reside in countries of Asia (FAO 2012). Undernourished people constitute 14 percent of the population of Asia. The problem is particularly alarming with regard to children. Among several Asian countries the incidence of childhood stunting exceeds 40 percent.

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Global warming to hit Bangladesh hard

Global warming to hit Bangladesh hard | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
Bangladesh will be one of the most-affected countries in South Asia by an expected 2°C rise in the world’s average temperatures in the next decades, according to a new scientific report released by the World Bank Group on Wednesday.   The report says...
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Global warming may cause extreme droughts in India

Global warming may cause extreme droughts in India | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
Global warming could lead to more extreme droughts in large parts of India, resulting in widespread food shortages and hardship in the country, in the next few decades.
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Asean rice trade forum to promote regional cooperation on rice trade and self-sufficiency

Asean rice trade forum to promote regional cooperation on rice trade and self-sufficiency | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), agribusiness groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international development agencies attended a major forum June 4-5 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to harness regional cooperation on ensuring the active trading and easy accessibility of Asia’s main staple rice.

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Bangladesh: Cultivation of climate-change adapting crops a must for food security | Asia Pacific Adaptation Network

Bangladesh: Cultivation of climate-change adapting crops a must for food security | Asia Pacific Adaptation Network | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it

Because of a huge change in climatic patterns, seasonal rainfalls, floods, dry seasons, periods for sowing or planting the seeds and seedlings and harvesting are also being changed

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Myanmar seeks agriculture assistance

Myanmar seeks agriculture assistance | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
During a bilateral meeting between Myanmar President Thein Sein and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on the last day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia on June 7, it was made clear that Myanmar wants to drum up support from its...
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Land degradation threatens food security in land-scarce country like Bangladesh

Land degradation threatens food security in land-scarce country like Bangladesh | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
land degradation by human activities and climatic upheavals poses a threat to food security, especially in a land-scarce country like Bangladesh. Historically
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Where 25% of any country should be forest land, Bangladesh has now only 9%.As a region loses its forest, it loses its ability to trap and absorb water, and so run off from denuded woodland worsens the natural process of soil erosion. If at the same time farmers harvest the crop year after year, the soil is constantly exposed to wind and water.

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The state of gender budgeting in Bangladesh

The state of gender budgeting in Bangladesh | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it

Contribution of women, both paid and unpaid, to economic progress at the national and global levels is undeniable. Gender budget is one of the initiatives a government should take in recognition of such contributions of women. Gender budgeting of a country not only focuses on the benefits of women and girls but also on the prevalence of gender disparity in the society.


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AFGHANISTAN: Food insecurity prompts hundreds to leave their homes

AFGHANISTAN: Food insecurity prompts hundreds to leave their homes | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
Hundreds of people have abandoned their homes and moved to urban areas in different parts of Afghanistan, and some have reportedly migrated to neighbouring Pakistan, due to worsening food insecurity, largely resulting from soaring food prices and...
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Prices of food - critically wheat flour - have increased by over 100 percent in Afghanistan over the past year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. 

While millions of vulnerable Afghans have already been exposed to “high risk” food-insecurity, there are mounting concerns that price hikes could be compounded by drought and low cereal production in 2008. All this will adversely affect vulnerable communities.

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About 48% of children in India are stunted: UNICEF

About 48% of children in India are stunted: UNICEF | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
The problem of malnutrition is vastly under-appreciated, largely because poor nutrition is often mistaken for a lack of food, says UNICEF
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ANALYSIS: Nepal’s Monsanto debate spotlights seed sovereignty

ANALYSIS: Nepal’s Monsanto debate spotlights seed sovereignty | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
An effort by US donors and multinational agribusiness Monsanto to partner with Nepal to boost local maize production with imported hybrid seeds has met civil society opposition calling - instead - for home-grown solutions.
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Street children at risk | National news | The Phnom Penh Post

Street children at risk | National news | The Phnom Penh Post | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
NGOs said street children in Cambodia were in danger of sexual abuse, human trafficking and traffic accidents when they peddled or begged.
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Bangladesh wary of 'green economy' agenda at Rio+20 - AlertNet

Bangladesh wary of 'green economy' agenda at Rio+20 - AlertNet | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
Bangladesh, like other developing nations, does not want environmental rules to constrain its growth potential...
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Will India's National Food Security Bill Help or Hurt? | Food Security Portal

Will India's National Food Security Bill Help or Hurt? | Food Security Portal | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it

Last week, India’s executive branch passed the historic National Food Security Bill (NFSB), an act that will dramatically increase the number of people who receive food subsidies from the government. While India’s existing food distribution system, the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), is already enormous, the NFSB proposes to increase coverage to 75% of India’s rural population and 50% of the urban population – a whopping 800 million people. At face value, the bill appears to be an important step in India’s fight against hunger, but much debate still exists regarding whether the bill’s flaws outweigh its benefits and whether the program will be sustainable in the long run.

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Two degree rise in temperature will hit India's agriculture: WB

Two degree rise in temperature will hit India's agriculture: WB | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
An expected two degrees Celsius rise in the world's average temperatures in the next few decades would make India's summer monsoon unpredictable, affecting crop production, a World Bank report said Wednesday.
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"In India, more than 60 percent of the crop area is rain-fed, making it highly vulnerable to climate-induced changes in precipitation patterns. It is estimated that by the 2050s, water for agricultural production will reduce further and may impact food adequacy for some 63 million people," the report said.

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Trade Opportunities between ASEAN and SAARC « IFPRI South Asia

Trade Opportunities between ASEAN and SAARC « IFPRI South Asia | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it

Price spike in food commodities in 2008 especially in rice eating nations created alarming situation in South and Southeast Asian countries. As an immediate reaction to price spike and to safeguard the food security, many rice exporting countries raised export taxes and imposed trade restrictions

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Thai private sector should invest in rice business in Myanmar: Kasikorn Research Center

Thai private sector should invest in rice business in Myanmar: Kasikorn Research Center | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it

The leading economic think-tank also viewed that Myanmar could become one of the world’s top-five rice exporters, with export quantity of at least five million tonnes, in the next ten years.

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Kazakhstan to promote agricultural sector revitalisation

Kazakhstan to promote agricultural sector revitalisation | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
The country will establish a new agricultural university focused on attracting new professionals, researching theory and experimenting in farming techniques.
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Kazakhstan, where agriculture is the second-largest economic sector after the oil industry, is among the world's leaders in grain and flour exports – eighth in wheat exports in 2012 – but after 20 years of hollowing out of its agro-industrial scientific research, soil erosion, insufficient irrigation, and shortcomings in food processing, storage and transportation, the country now needs to invest more in the sciences. 

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Thai, Cambodia Agree on More Trade, Security

Thai, Cambodia Agree on More Trade, Security | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
PHNOM PENH - Cambodia and Thailand on Tuesday agreed to boost economic trade along the border and to better connect Cambodian provinces to their Thai neighbors.

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong tol...
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Thailand has agreed to buy Cambodian agricultural products at fair market value.

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BANGLADESH: Indigenous farmers face seed crisis

BANGLADESH: Indigenous farmers face seed crisis | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
Farmers in parts of Bangladesh's southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) face a seed crisis that is undermining the food security of thousands, the World Food Programme (WFP) says.
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Boosting Agricultural Productivity in Nepal | ReSAKSS - Asia

Boosting Agricultural Productivity in Nepal | ReSAKSS - Asia | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it

Agricultural productivity has been declining in Nepal for several years. Forty three out of 75 districts suffer from food deficits due to decreasing food production. The country which used to be a food surplus has now become a net food importer, according to Dr. Bishnu Dev Pant, the Executive Director of Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS).

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End malnutrition now

End malnutrition now | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
The international community has decided at last to get serious about nutrition

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IFPRI South Asia's curator insight, June 5, 2013 1:44 AM

In South Asia, underinvestment in women’s health and education and poor social empowerment is one of the main factors contributing to the poor nutritional status of children.  Economic growth and increases in household income address only part of the problem.  Therefore, today, efforts to scale up nutrition-specific interventions, make a greater push towards enhancing social equity, increasing investments in multisectoral actions to improve nutrition, all with a focus on the critical 1000-day window of opportunity are needed in the region, said Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI  in UNICEF’s Debate on Nutrition.


http://southasia.ifpri.info/2013/04/17/the-debate-on-nutrition-2/

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The Status of Food Security in the Feed the Future Zone and Other Regions of Bangladesh

This report presents results of analyses of the IFPRI household survey data on various topics that, combined, represent the current food security situation in Bangladesh.
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Behaviour change needed to combat malnutrition in Nepal

Behaviour change needed to combat malnutrition in Nepal | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
More work is needed to improve nutritional behaviour in Nepal, where nearly half of children under five are chronically malnourished, experts say.

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Cambodia Rice exports up 13% | Live Trading News

Cambodia Rice exports up 13% | Live Trading News | Food Security and Nutrition in Asia | Scoop.it
Cambodia's Rice exports up 13% in 1st 4 months of Y 2012 Cambodia had exported 49,450 tons of milled Rice in the 1st 4 months of this year, a 13% rise...
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