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Climate change is projected to have negative impacts on yields in the Asia-Pacific region. Increased investments in agriculture and rural development are necessary to counter these impacts and to end hunger in the region, a new report has found.

The report Ending Hunger in Asia and the Pacific by 2030: An Assessment of Investment Requirements in Agriculture aims to assess the potential for agricultural investments and policies to meet current challenges and end hunger in Asia and the Pacific. It was published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) und the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in October 2019.

According to the authors, increased investments in agricultural research and development, irrigation, and rural infrastructure are needed to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific.

The report finds that total annual agricultural investments of USD 78.6 billion are needed to reduce the proportion of hungry people in Asia and the Pacific below 5 per cent of the total population, the threshold for eliminating hunger by 2030 set by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP). 

Meeting this investment level will require an additional USD 36.9 billion annually on top of the projected current level of annual investments of USD 41.7 billion.

Confronting the negative impacts of climate change

The report highlights that investments will need to confront climate-change effects.

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