For decades, IFPRI's leading research helped build evidence to support policies and programs that advance food security and poverty alleviation in Asia. Despite poverty rates falling by more than half, driven partly by strong agricultural growth and favorable food policies, Asia remains a global hotspot of poverty with its poorest people concentrated in rural areas, where they depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. In addition, the region now suffers from the triple burden of undernutrition, micronutrient malnutrition, and obesity. To address these barriers to food and nutrition security, IFPRI and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) collaborated on projects that focus on increasing micronutrients and improving nutrition, investing in irrigation, reducing hunger through policy dialogues, and providing access to financing for the poor.

Highlights of key partnerships between IFPRI and ADB can be found in this brochure.

Rice Market Monitoring In Vietnam

The Rice Market Monitoring project, supported by ADB, identified market development as the main element of a strategy promoting the growth of the rural economy.

Innovations in Agriculture and Food Value Chains

MOTIVATION Nearly two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in the Asia-Pacific region. In order to improve food security in the region, food value chains need to be upgraded to ensure adequate and affordable food supplies. While margins of error within each segment of a food value chain may be low, collectively they can contribute >> Read more

Building Climate Change Resilience in the Agriculture Sector

In 2009, IFPRI and the Asian Development Bank published Building Climate Resilience in the Agriculture Sector of Asia and the Pacific, a book with a clear message to development practitioners and policymakers on the threats from climate change and how to cope with them, as well as understand the opportunities that might arise with efforts to mitigate climate change.

Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People: A 2020 Conference

With the 2015 deadline for the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals looming, IFPRI facilitated an international policy consultation to identify actions needed to ensure the world’s poorest and hungry people would not be left behind.

Food Security and Climate Change: Using IFPRI Results as a Call to Action

Motivation The first decade of the twenty-first century has seen two food price crises that adversely affected poor people across the globe. During the next 40 years, as the world population approaches 9 billion and incomes in many developing countries continue to rise, agricultural production will struggle to meet increasing food demand. Climate change will >> Read more

The South Asia Initiative: Developing Pro-Poor Policies

Motivation In the early 2000s, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and USAID supported IFPRI’s implementation of the South Asia Initiative, aimed at addressing the region’s persistent problems of poverty and hunger using policy research, capacity strengthening, and policy dialogues. As one part of the initiative, IFPRI created the Policy Analysis and Advisory Network for South >> Read more