Notes from the Field

[EVENT] Never an Empty Bowl: Sustaining Food Security in Asia – September 30 at 6 p.m., The Asia Foundation, San Francisco

September 22, 2010

“Despite tremendous economic growth achieved over the past two decades,” says Asia Foundation Director of Economic Reform and Development Programs Bruce Tolentino, “hunger continues to beset much of Asia. Estimates show that there are 850 million hungry people globally.” This is a stubborn challenge for Asian governance, and future predicted population growth, dwindling land and water resources for agriculture, and significant uncertainties from climate change only increase the stakes. On September 30, The Asia Foundation and Give2Asia host an event in San Francisco to mark the release of a landmark report from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Task Force on Food Security and Sustainability in Asia and the Asia Society that examines the multiple factors contributing to Asia’s growing food insecurity. The paper lays out a strategy for the future that emphasizes the critical importance of rice as a source of nutrition, livelihoods, and environmental sustainability.

Speakers will include principal advisor on the task force Dr. Peter Timmer and prominent food security experts, IRII Head of Development in the Philippines Duncan Macintosh and President and CEO of the Rice Trader Jeremy Zwinger, in discussion with Dr. Tolentino, from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Asia Foundation in San Francisco.

Visit The Asia Foundation’s website to register and to learn more about the event.

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