The ECHO Asia Impact Center seeks to extend the services of ECHO to help those working with the poor in Asia to be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture. The ECHO Asia Impact Center functions primarily as a technical support organization helping community development organizations and workers operate more effectively.
Despite considerable economic gains over the past three decades, due to the region’s vastness, its enormous population as well as uneven economic growth, Asia remains home to two-thirds of the world’s poor. Remaining challenges related to regional poverty and food insecurity include:
More than 600 million Asians living in absolute poverty (less than $1 a day).
By 2015, although Asia’s share of the global gross domestic product is expected to approach 42 percent, the region will still be home to half of the world’s poor.
Growth in rice production, Asia’s staple, has slowed and rice production areas are in decline.
Growing resource scarcity (i.e., water) will increasingly constrain food production growth.
Asian leaders issue poverty warning, International Herald Tribune, May 4, 2008.
Reducing Poverty and Hunger in Asia: The Role of Agriculture and Rural Development, Edited by Nurul Islam, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2008.
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