The Rural Development and Food Security Forum 2019 (#RDFS2019) is a call to action for DMC governments to provide active leadership to generate rural prosperity and effective stewardship to land and water (fresh and marine) resources to ensure sufficient, safe, nutritious and affordable food production.
#RDFS2019 aims to seek knowledge—from global, regional and local stakeholders, experts and practitioners, including ADB staff and Management—on enabling policies, technologies and investments that will assist DMCs/ADB in the following key areas:
- Farming crisis with emphasis on transforming unprofitable farming to profitable farming with livable incomes and strengthening agricultural value chains;
- Malnutrition that still significantly impacts Asia and the Pacific with emphasis on meeting the malnutrition and food safety challenges to achieve ADB’s Strategy 2030 and commitments to SDGs;
- Transformative policies and technologies for rural prosperity to help overcome structural constraints and rural areas to become spaces of economic development, giving impetus to growth, modernized agriculture, and non-farm goods and services. farmer income crisis; and
- Cross-cutting issues on gender equity, climate change, natural resources management, use of high-level technologies, water, transport, energy, education, finance, regional cooperation and integration, and others to support food security and rural development in the region in the coming decades.