Asia faces serious challenges to its food security. Changing demographics and consumption patterns, productivity decline in agriculture, degradation of natural resource base, food price volatility, rising input costs, as well as transformation of supply chains and the “supermarket phenomenon”, are but a few of these. Add to this the various anticipated short- to medium-term trends, and it becomes clear that focused efforts towards mitigating the challenges are urgently needed.
The complexity of food security, dynamism of supply chains and the space offered by Asia’s institutional changes are creating both challenges and opportunities for the region. In light of prevailing and foreseeable trends that have direct consequences for the region’s food security, the second International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) organised by the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies will focus strongly on Asia’s response towards the thinking horizon of 2025.
Specifically, ICAFS 2014 seeks to:
Suggest recommendations that contribute towards enhancing food security at the national and regional levels, and identify clear policy directions and interventions to guide efforts towards food security.
Provide concrete and actionable policy recommendations attuned to the new realities of food security challenges as Asia approaches 2025.
Identify ways in which Asia could position itself to maximise the full benefits of its connectivity and build on its comparative advantage within and vis-à-vis other regions.
ICAFS 2014 will convene eminent experts from the public and private sectors, as well as international and regional non-government organisations. It will also serve as a forum for updates, assessments, recommendations, and perspectives emanating from the distinctive spheres of science/technology, business, policy and social development to gain a holistic understanding of issues surrounding Asia’s food security.