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Upon the release of the United Nations (UN) State of Food Security & Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report CropLife Asia emphasized the necessity for food value chain stakeholders of the region to work together to bring about a transformation in our food systems, in order to be able to ensure food security, improved nutrition, including healthy diets that would be affordable for all.

This has posed a greater challenge for attaining the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 of the United Nations of ensuring ‘zero hunger’ globally by the year 2030, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic creating a huge impact. The latest UN Report has estimated that the number of individuals affected by hunger globally were between 720 and 811 million in the year 2020. There is a noticeable increase of more than 100 million people as compared to what it was in 2019. The prevalence of undernourishment has further gone up to touch approximately 9.9 percent in the year 2020 as compared to 8.4 percent which was prevalent in 2019. Additionally, the current report confirms a disappointing familiar refrain for Asia. Asia has been unable to deliver food security for quite a number of individuals – particularly among the vulnerable sections of society. The number of undernourished individuals in Asia has been substantially huge with 418 million individuals suffering from hunger in the year 2020.

Dr. Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director, CropLife Asia stated as follows- “The challenge of feeding Asia and the world requires us to explore all possible solutions. This can only be achieved through greater collaboration with others, as multi-stakeholder approaches are crucial for transformation of our food systems.” “The plant science industry champions innovation in both crop protection and plant biotech, as well as precision and digital agriculture solutions to benefit both people and the planet.”

Dr. Tan further added that “The innovative technologies of the plant science industry have a key role to play, but it is only one part of the solution. Ensuring that an ample supply of affordable and nutritious food reaches those who need it most is a shared responsibility. Farmers’ access to innovation is an increasingly crucial component to combatting food insecurity in Asia and around the world.”

A major contributor to global food loss and waste has been the occurrence of global crop losses due to pests and disease. These losses would have doubled without the use of crop protection products. Following highly effective crop protection stewardship practices can help in further reduction of crop losses. The global pre-harvest crop losses could double, if innovations such as crop protection products and plant biotechnology had not happened. In the meantime, development of biotech crops has been taking place with better traits such as increased yield, better resistance to pests and/or improved nutrition, among others. These traits are critical tools that help farmers to produce more food using comparatively lesser resources to feed our growing world.

About CropLife Asia:

CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry. We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture. CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by six-member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development. For more information, visit us at www.croplifeasia.org.

For more information please contact:

Duke Hipp
Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Partnerships
CropLife Asia
Tel: +65 6221 1615
duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org

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