Asia’s food security in the spotlight

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Food demand in Asia will rise twice as fast as supply, warns agro firm Syngenta

Food security is becoming a pressing issue in the Asia-Pacific region, global agribusiness company Syngenta said at the World Economic Forum in Bangkok. Syngenta has launched a study on the robustness of food supply in the region on the sidelines of the Forum held from May 30 to June 1.

The Rice Bowl Index is a diagnostic tool that provides insight and information on the food security system across Asia-Pacific. The study highlights that food security will be more fragile in the future as global food demand is growing at two per cent a year against a one per cent growth in supply, which basically means that food production has to increase by 100 per cent to avoid a widening gap.

In particular, Asia’s food security challenges are formidable, according to Syngenta. The region is home to over 60 per cent of the world’s population, some of the world’s fastest growing economies and yet has only 34 per cent of the world’s arable land and 36 per cent of the world’s water resources. Asia is also home to six of the world’s top ten most populous countries and to half of the world’s urban population.

The only solution is to increase productivity and grow more crops each year, the study suggests.

“Truly understanding the robustness of a food security system can be transformational to economic and social development,” said Dr Robert Berendes, Global Head of Business Development at Syngenta. “It is clear from this analysis that collaboration and a system wide integrated approach are vital in order to effect change that is sustainable in the long term.”

Syngenta recommends greater cooperation to assess the capabilities of each country and to create a division of work. A country that is good in producing particular crops with excess supply should help countries with insufficient supplies. Basically, the Rice Bowl Index aims to facilitate productive dialogue, collaboration and action between governments, non-government organisations and the private sector, moving from simply identifying problems to finding solutions.

Switzerland-based Syngenta is a large chemicals company which markets seeds and pesticides and is involved in biotechnology and genomic research. It ranks third in global sales in the commercial agricultural seeds market with an annual revenue of around $11.6 billion.

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Food demand in Asia will rise twice as fast as supply, warns agro firm Syngenta

Food security is becoming a pressing issue in the Asia-Pacific region, global agribusiness company Syngenta said at the World Economic Forum in Bangkok. Syngenta has launched a study on the robustness of food supply in the region on the sidelines of the Forum held from May 30 to June 1.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Food demand in Asia will rise twice as fast as supply, warns agro firm Syngenta

Food security is becoming a pressing issue in the Asia-Pacific region, global agribusiness company Syngenta said at the World Economic Forum in Bangkok. Syngenta has launched a study on the robustness of food supply in the region on the sidelines of the Forum held from May 30 to June 1.

The Rice Bowl Index is a diagnostic tool that provides insight and information on the food security system across Asia-Pacific. The study highlights that food security will be more fragile in the future as global food demand is growing at two per cent a year against a one per cent growth in supply, which basically means that food production has to increase by 100 per cent to avoid a widening gap.

In particular, Asia’s food security challenges are formidable, according to Syngenta. The region is home to over 60 per cent of the world’s population, some of the world’s fastest growing economies and yet has only 34 per cent of the world’s arable land and 36 per cent of the world’s water resources. Asia is also home to six of the world’s top ten most populous countries and to half of the world’s urban population.

The only solution is to increase productivity and grow more crops each year, the study suggests.

“Truly understanding the robustness of a food security system can be transformational to economic and social development,” said Dr Robert Berendes, Global Head of Business Development at Syngenta. “It is clear from this analysis that collaboration and a system wide integrated approach are vital in order to effect change that is sustainable in the long term.”

Syngenta recommends greater cooperation to assess the capabilities of each country and to create a division of work. A country that is good in producing particular crops with excess supply should help countries with insufficient supplies. Basically, the Rice Bowl Index aims to facilitate productive dialogue, collaboration and action between governments, non-government organisations and the private sector, moving from simply identifying problems to finding solutions.

Switzerland-based Syngenta is a large chemicals company which markets seeds and pesticides and is involved in biotechnology and genomic research. It ranks third in global sales in the commercial agricultural seeds market with an annual revenue of around $11.6 billion.

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