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Agriculture and Food Security

ADB scales up nature-based solutions and supports for climate-smart agriculture across the entire agriculture and food value chains, including the blue economy.


    Despite growing prosperity, hunger and malnutrition persist in Asia and the Pacific. Half of the world's 600 million hungry people live in the region.


    Climate-related disasters and water stress are having severe adverse impacts on food production and supply across Asia and the Pacific.


    Ensuring stable and affordable food supplies is central to keeping millions out of extreme poverty.

  • Undernourished people in developing Asia

    Although hunger is declining, at least 310 million people in developing Asia still lack adequate food.

  • Agricultural losses from climate-related disasters

    Climate related disasters have had a severe impact on agriculture in Asia.

  • Regional food prices

    Regional food prices have risen steeply, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ADB is working with its developing member countries (DMCs) to help integrate food production, processing, marketing, and distribution to strengthen the resilience and efficiency of food and agricultural value chains. To transform agriculture in the region, ADB builds partnerships across developing Asia, including the private sector, to tackle difficult challenges such as climate change, nutrition insecurity, and growing water shortages. The region’s aging farming population and changing consumer demands are also important issues for ADB. Climate change resilience and adaptation are built into all ADB agriculture and natural resources projects.

The bank also strives to reduce the volatility of food prices and make food systems less susceptible to external shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, that has raised prices across the region and driven millions back into extreme poverty. ADB also aims to boost food and agricultural employment, targeting the poor, women, and vulnerable groups.

Our Impact

Results delivered in 2021 from ADB projects.

0 million

People benefiting from
increased rural investment


Rural infrastructure assets
established or improved

0 million hectares

Land with improved productivity