Fall 2010

Briefly Noted: Program Highlights

Fostering Regional Integration for Shared Food Security

This past July in Manila, The Asia Foundation participated in an international forum to examine the critical issues surrounding global hunger and food security, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Food for All: Investment Forum for Food Security in Asia and the Pacific,” held at the ADB headquarters in Manila, brought together key decisionmakers in agriculture and food security to discuss ways and means toward shared food security and agriculture sector prosperity. Douglas Bereuter, president of The Asia Foundation, moderated a key plenary session that focused on regional integration and cooperation for food security.

Connecting Philanthropy and Aid for Pakistan’s Flood Survivors

Acknowledged as the worst humanitarian crisis in Pakistan’s history, flooding in northwestern Pakistan has effected more than 20 million people. Bringing together the private donor community of Give2Asia, The Asia Foundation’s philanthropic affiliate, and The Asia Foundation’s program expertise in Pakistan, the two organizations are working to attract much-needed philanthropy and aid for flood survivors. Initial assessment by the Foundation resulted in identifying three local partners to support the relief and recovery effort; Give2Asia launched its Pakistan Flood Relief Fund with initial investments of $35,000; and the Foundation’s Books for Asia program quickly   assembled 1,000 new textbooks to donate to the flood-torn library of Northern University’s City Campus located in the former North-West Frontier Province.