Southeast Asia

1 October 2017
A GOOD number of scientists, rural development workers and opinion writers have been publishing their positions on how to uplift the world’s poor since World War 1 ended in 1918. World War 2 which started in 1939 and ended in 1945 resulted in massive rehabilitation but the increase of the global “poor” was bigger. And the United Nations failed to attain its 2015 “millennial goals”. The… Read more
By Alan Boyd3 August 2017
Southeast Asians eat twice the global average of fish and seafood, but falling catches, unsustainable aquaculture and poor governance have imperiled the crucial industry. Escalating tensions over fishing rights in the South China Sea may be a harbinger of stormy seas ahead as more of Southeast Asia’s trawler fleet casts its half-empty nets in contested waters. Indonesia’s navy fired… Read more
By Ong Keng Yong and Jose Ma. Luis P. Montesclaros5 August 2017
Agriculture and food production seem to be under constant threat from climate change, policy failure and new diseases in meeting the demand of an ever-increasing world population. Yet, innovative endeavours and technological advancements have given hope that adaptation, invention and international cooperation can overcome the looming challenges, with positive implications for ASEAN’s… Read more
14 July 2017
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is close to finalising its five-year action plan for 2018 to 2022 that promotes agricultural-based value chains across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), an area that includes Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan, the regional development bank announced yesterday. “The GMS strategy and action plan would… Read more
By Jasper Y. Arcalas11 July 2017
The Philippines and other Asean countries would be able to cut poverty faster if they would cut tariffs on rice and eliminate trade barriers, according to the latest  study released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and  Development (OECD). In its recent study, titled “OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026”, the OECD said an Asean integrated rice market, where… Read more
10 June 2017
SIEM REAP, Cambodia (9–10 June 2017) - Two more countries have joined a regional seed policy agreement that speeds up the distribution of modern rice varieties across nations in South and Southeast Asia. This agreement was formalized during a meeting of agriculture ministers and representatives of nine countries, titled “Seeds without Borders: Regional cooperation for… Read more
13 June 2017
Obesity prevalence increased by 28 per cent on average in the ASEAN-6 in a four-year period under review, according to a report on obesity released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Commissioned by the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) and produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the report is the first to carry out a detailed analysis on the… Read more
8 June 2017
More than 250 high-profile representatives from NGOs, businesses, government and UN organisations are set to convene at the Aid & Development Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw next week to exchange innovative and sustainable solutions for improving aid delivery and development strategy in Southeast Asia. Hosted on the 14th and 15th June 2017, the 3rd annual Aid & Development Asia… Read more
7 June 2017
SIEM REAP, Cambodia – A multi-country seed policy agreement that drastically speeds up the distribution of modern rice varieties across countries in South and Southeast Asia is being sought in a meeting of agriculture ministers and representatives of nine countries this weekend (9-10 June 2017) at Siem Reap. Organized by the International Rice Research Institute, the event brings together… Read more
6 June 2017
A new report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), titled “Tackling obesity in ASEAN: Prevalence, impact, and guidance on interventions”, highlights that the prevalence of obesity and linked non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are costing Southeast Asia over US$10billion annually, in terms of healthcare costs. The report analysed obesity in ASEAN through consumer and… Read more
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