The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched two reports in Bangkok, Thailand on 29 March 2017.
The “Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing Asia-Pacific” report highlights several entry points for hitting harder at poverty and expanding prosperity across the region. More than half of the region’s total population lives in rural areas, and almost two in five people living in rural areas in developing countries live in multidimensional poverty. Crucial responses to rural development include policy, research and investment to support sustainable agriculture and rural development.
The report of “Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Outlook” provides a goal-by-goal snapshot of where Asia-Pacific countries stand. Regarding Goal 2 despite the progress in the region agriculture continues to pose an unsustainable burden on the planet’s carrying capacity, and climate change will have a significant impact on crop yields and harvests, disproportionally affecting the nutritional status and livelihoods of impoverished households.