Food Coalition

Supporting change in the institutional and policy environment in the Asia and Pacific region

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in food systems. Production-oriented agricultural policies have achieved considerable success in improving the food security situation in the Asia-Pacific region over the last few decades. However, the pandemic has led to widespread supply chain disruptions that has affected availability, access, affordability as well as trade. Actors from farm-to-fork in chains of perishable and nutritious produce including vegetables, fish and milk have been seriously impacted due to lack of on-time market access leading to food waste and livelihood losses. Consumers have been denied availability despite food stocks being ample. Job losses in the agrarian economies of the region are substantial with the potential to trigger a food security crisis due to a drop in incomes. The region is already home to the largest number of malnourished people and the pandemic is impeding progress to the SDGs. At the same time land-use change and degradation are among the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions at the regional level while water stress and scarcity is prevalent in many key agricultural production areas in the region. The threat from trans-boundary pests and diseases and climatic events renders the situation more complex. Policies for sustainable and resilient food systems need to be put in place now ensure to food security and nutrition without compromising the economic, social and environmental bases.

Priority Areas of work: Food Systems Transformation
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 5. Gender Equality, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequality, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 13. Climate Action, 15. Life on Land, 17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Level: Regional
Region: Asia and the Pacific
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Solomon Islands
Budget: USD 40 million


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