Nutritional security, livelihoods and climate resilience in Asia

Nutritional security, livelihoods and climate resilience in Asia

The Asian economy has expanded rapidly in recent years, driven in part by rapid population growth and urbanization. The middle-class population is projected to reach 3.2 billion by 2030, up from 525 million in 2009. During this period, per capita GDP rates in Asia are projected to increase six-fold to reach Europe’s current per capita income. Yet many countries still face significant challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks to contribute actively to the region’s social and economic transformation, while helping countries cope with challenges, such as COVID-19 and climate change, and influencing the composition of their food baskets to include more nutritious foods. This transformation offers tremendous opportunities to improve the incomes and nutrition security of millions of urban and rural poor and the sustainability of the farming system.

Over the last 40 years, CIP has actively collaborated with national and international partners in Asia. Utilizing the genetic diversity safeguarded at its genebank, CIP has contributed to the release of more than 100 improved potato and sweetpotato varieties in the region. Early-maturing, disease-resistant, heat-, drought- and salt-tolerant potato and vitamin-A-rich orange-flesh sweetpotato varieties have enabled Asian farmers to produce more nutritious and marketable food and adapt to climate change. A recent assessment of potato adoption in seven Asian countries estimated that 2.9 million farm households were growing CIP-related varieties.

The CIP Delhi office acts as a principal hub for activities in Asia, with national offices in China, Georgia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific in Beijing is a modern R&D hub supported by the government and promotes regional south-south cooperation and learning through scientific research, technologies and capacity building. An example is its leadership of AsiaBlight, a regional collaboration of scientists, farmers and other stakeholders to improve the control of potato late blight disease.


Indian sub-continent

Central Asia and Caucasus

Asia Pacific

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