Reducing food and nutrition insecurity in Asia requires addressing the following binding constraints: stagnating food productivity and production, unconnected or fragmented food supply chains, and underinvestment in Agriculture Research for Development. Pragmatic short-term solutions are needed that target small scale farmers, who comprise the bulk of food producers in Asia. Simultaneously, the foundations must be established for long-term structural measures that promote the availability, accessibility, and utility of nutritious and safe food, especially for vulnerable groups in Asia.
The expected outcome of the research was increased food and nutrition security investments by the public and private sectors and civil society in participating Developing Member Country (DMCs)—Bangladesh, Cambodia, the PRC, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—at all stages of the agriculture and food supply chains. The implementing unit worked closely with the communities of practice on agriculture, rural development, and food security; health; water; and gender and development, as well as with ADB regional departments to ensure feedback on the lessons generated and the novel investment and partnership opportunities.