The vast majority of farms in Asia are small-scale and are becoming smaller due to population growth and further subdivision. The average farm size halved in India between 1971 and 2006 and the number of farms less than 1 ha in Bangladesh increased from about 50 percent in 1976 to 90 percent in 2005 (Otsuka 2013). As farm sizes shrink, many throughout the region have begun to wonder whether small family farms are still a viable livelihood option. [Read more...]
The potential for agriculture in Myanmar is enormous, given the country’s favorable geographic location and resource endowments. Government statistics show it is the largest economic sector and the main source of livelihood for nearly 60 percent of the population. Yet agricultural productivity in Myanmar is low compared with most of Southeast Asia. Achieving productivity levels similar to those of its agro-ecologically similar neighbors could significantly raise rural incomes and reduce overall poverty and malnutrition. Doing that will require large amounts of investment by government and private agro-enterprises of all sizes. Government policies will likewise have an important part to play in creating an enabling environment for private sector growth.
The Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) invites students, policymakers, and professionals from development agencies and private industry to participate in the 9th ASAE International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on January 11-13, 2017. The Conference Program Committee is calling for papers that address various development issues and challenges related to transforming Asian agriculture and food economy along the following themes:
Hanoi, April 2, 2015 - Today, the Asian Institute of Technology and international development partners established a Vietnam Learning Center on Environmental and Social Sustainability to foster knowledge exchange and capacity building relating to environmental and social safeguards and standards in Vietnam. [Read more...]
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are organizing a project workshop on "Innovative Financing for Agriculture and Food Value Chains in Bangladesh, Cambodia, P.R. China, and India" for the captioned regional research and development technical assistance (TA).
- In Indonesia, 37.2% of children under the age of five are stunted and public awareness of this issue is low.
- Stunting can reduce an individual’s productivity at a young age, and increases risks of developing non-communicable diseases when older – this is the double burden of malnutrition.
- A study shows that the double burden of malnutrition is a growing concern in Indonesia.
Hanoi, 21 MAY 2015 – Vietnam needs to strengthen its response to climate change by including strategic investments toward a low-carbon future in its planning and budgeting strategy for coming years, according to a new government report, led by Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and supported by the World Bank and U.N. Development Program (UNDP). [Read more...]
A conference on "Agricultural Transformation in Asia: Policy Options for Food and Nutrition Security" will be organized by IFPRI and Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) on September 25-27 in Siem Reap Province, Kingdom of Cambodia.
The overall goal of the conference is to promote broad collaboration among policy makers, researchers, and regional stakeholders in the sub-regions of Asia (Central, South, and Southeast Asia) to share research evidence, policy experiences, and practical lessons, in order to help improve the effectiveness of current and future agricultural and food security strategies in Asia.
The conference will have four principal objectives:
2nd Into Myanmar AgriTrade, Investments & Technology Global Summit is scheduled to be held from 19 to 20 June plus featuring a special optional conference on Myanmar’s Livestock, Feed & Food Processing Opportunities on 21 June 2013 in Yangon, Myanmar.
ReSAKSS-Asia is currently planning an international conference to be held in September 2013 that will focus on agricultural transformation and policy options for food and nutrition security. This conference emphasizes broad collaboration among agriculture and food policy researchers in the region and the conference presentations will be based on country policy studies conducted by national researchers. [Read more...]