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Message from the Director of Asia and the Pacific Division. It is unlikely that we will reduce rural poverty without sustained additional income, and this hinges on increases in productivity. Access to productive resources such as land and water, financial services and markets are unquestioned prerequisites for increased income; but without technology such productive resources will not do much for small farmers and other rural producers.
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Scientific assessment indicates that the coastlines of Southeast Asia are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Climate change challenge is real and urgent in Southeast Asia. This paper presents a desktop review of the state of climate change research and policy in Southeast Asia.
This photo shows a man walking by the hillside rice fields in Vietnam. Emerging technological innovations hold promise for agricultural statistics. Enhanced agricultural productivity would go a long way toward reducing rural poverty and boosting the incomes of small-scale farmers.
Section 2. Item 1. Current Situation of World Economy and Challenges.
Food Security. To suggest recommendations that contribute towards enhancing food security at the national and regional levels, and identify clear policy directions and interventions to guide efforts towards food security. To provide concrete and actionable policy recommendations attuned to the new realities of food security challenges as Asia approaches
Many factors contribute to economic development including: Political stability, capital formation, openness to market competition, infrastructure, education and health human capitalaccess to credit and technology development and dissemination. Rice remains a critical part of Asian society and culture. Rice production has been increasing to meet the staple food needs of the growing population in most countries of Asia and parts of Africa. However, with the lowering of rice prices in the world market, there is a growing perception that the problems of food security have been solved particularly in Asia and that there is no longer a need for rice research.
The problem is particularly severe in populations where rice is the staple food and diversity of diet is limited, as white rice contains no micronutrients. Golden Rice is a public-sector product designed as an additional intervention for VAD. There will be no charge for the nutritional trait, which has been donated by its inventors for use in public-sector rice varieties to assist the resource poor, and no limitations on what small farmers can do with the crop—saving and replanting seed, selling seed and selling grain are all possible.