550 million people food insecure in Asia-Pacific region

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A woman farmer harvesting beans, Sri Lanka. FAO@PHOTO

The Asia and Pacific region needs to improve its methods of food production or face significant food security problems within the next generation according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO).

The Millennium Development Goal of reducing global hunger by half by 2015 is on course to be met across the region.

But there are still over 550 million hungry people; that's more than all the other regions of the world combined.

Officials from 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific are meeting in Mongolia this week to discuss how to improve food security.

Sandra Ferrari asked David Dawe a Senior Economist at the FAO in Bangkok about the challenges countries face.

Duration: 3'34"

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