The overall food security situation remains a major concern in Asia and the Pacific, home to 60% of the world’s population. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing challenges to food security such as climate change impacts, disaster risks, shrinking natural resources and degrading environments, changing demographics and labor profiles, and infrastructure deficits, among others. These challenges, along with evolving impacts of COVID-19, underscore the need for rethinking of actions to recover, rebuild and strengthen resilience of food systems. These can include innovative, nature-based, and integrated solutions to not only transform and build food system resilience, but also to achieve a climate-smart and green rural recovery.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its partners are organizing the Asia-Pacific Rural Development and Food Security Forum on 22–24 March 2022 to bring together innovators, experts, and thought leaders to:
- Rethink the future of agriculture amidst complex and evolving challenges;
- Explore new research, innovations, and technologies that can help build nature-positive food systems; and
- Forge new and stronger partnerships to mobilize financing and promote innovations to pursue food and nutrition security in the Asia and Pacific region.
Discussions focus on the future of food and agriculture; digital technologies for agriculture; pathways to sustainable and inclusive food systems; intersectoral approach to nutrition security; and financing green, resilient, and inclusive agriculture, and future, and other crosscutting issues.
Three deep-dive sessions are also organized to discuss critical issues on integrated rural-urban development, urban farming as a potential window for fresh and nutritious food, and alternative proteins to meet the growing global demand.