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Asia’s Gathering Food Crisis: A Silent Tsunami

The food and agriculture sector is a key part of Asia’s regional economy. Asian economies are among the world’s leading producers, consumers, exporters and importers of major agricultural commodities, most notably rice, but also other grains, oilseed, and increasingly meat. Asia is also home to two-thirds of the world’s poor, or almost 2 billion people, who are vulnerable to food insecurity. The rollercoaster inflation and deflation in 2008 focused international attention momentarily on food price volatility. Yet the more worrying underlying trends affecting agricultural markets remain unresolved and in some cases even aggravated by policies that target food price stability. This briefing, produced by the Asia Business Council, examines the deep-seated and potential dangerous structural changes affecting Asia’s food and agriculture sector. For the full report, please click on the link below:

Food Briefing (PDF)