Asia-Pacific region focuses on improving food security

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Photo: FAO/ Ishara Kodikara

550 million people are still food insecure in the Asia-Pacific region according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO).

FAO says that the region needs to improve its methods of food production or face significant food security problems within the next generation

Government Ministers and high-level officials from nearly 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific are meeting in Mongolia this week to discuss how to end hunger.

David Dawe a Senior Economist at the FAO in Bangkok says that poor people are finding it increasing difficult to afford food.

“Population growth and dietary diversification due to the very rapid economic growth in the region are really creating large strains on the ability of our ecological systems to produce sufficient quantities of food at prices that are affordable for the poor.”

Despite the more than half a billion people who are not getting enough food the region is on course to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reducing global hunger by half by 2015.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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