Never an Empty Bowl: Food Security in Asia
A Luncheon Panel Discussion with RITA BHATIA, World Food Programme; FRANK NING, COFCO Corporation (China); XIANBIN YAO, Asian Development Bank; and Dr. ROBERT ZEIGLER, International Rice Research Institute
Asia is home to two-thirds of the world's poor and has nearly two billion people living on less than US$2 a day, making the region particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. What are the major causes and challenges of food insecurity? How will the growing population in Asia be affected by this? How will food security be impacted by growing urbanization and affluence? What lessons have been learnt from the 2008 food crisis? How have national food security strategies changed? What is the role of the private sector? Is there scope for regional cooperation?
Joining us to discuss these issues will be:
Rita Bhatia, Senior Programme Advisor, Asia, World Food Programme
Frank Ning, Chairman, COFCO Corporation (China)
Xianbin Yao, Director-General, Regional and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
Dr. Robert Zeigler, Director-General, International Rice Research Institute