This report argues that Asian countries are at a crossroads in their agriculture strategies. Before them are two farming models: "conventional‟, industrial farming, promoted by the Green Revolution; and sustainable, or ecological, agriculture - involving methods of farming that are gaining increasing acceptance around the world as the most viable way to promote food security and address climate change.
Countries in Asia have shown the world in recent years that massive reductions in poverty and hunger are indeed possible. Yet deep hunger persists: 568 million Asians are still currently classified as undernourished, accounting for well over half of all those living with hunger in the world. Hundreds of millions more lack essential micronutrients - so-called the “hidden hunger”. Rising food prices across the region and world are deepening hunger for millions of farmers who are net buyers of food, while climate change threatens to plunge hundreds of millions more people into hunger in the coming decades.