Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 23:47:42 -0500 (CDT)
From: Mark Graffis <email@example.com>
Subject: Asian Agriculture on the Edge of Crisis
Asian Agriculture on the Edge of Crisis
From EarthVision Reports
29 April 1999
MANILA, Philippines, April 29, 1999 - Growing populations and
environmental destruction will soon lead to an agricultural crisis in
Asia, representatives from the Asian Development Bank said today at
its three-day annual meeting.
An article from The Associated Press
quoted the officials as saying growth in agricultural yields is now
declining in the region after rising for many years. The decline,
according to the Manila-based Development Bank, is occurring despite
the need to feed expanding populations.
This fact does not sit well
with the realization that Asia is home to a majority of the world's
poor, with more than 670 million rural people -- one-third of its
rural population -- still living in abject poverty. The increase in
agricultural production in recent years was brought about through
modern agricultural techniques, including new strains of seeds.
However, according to ADB, many poorer regions and disadvantaged
groups did not benefit, resulting in growing inequalities. To deal
with the problem, the ADB recommends that Asian governments place more
emphasis on expanding agricultural growth, while ensuring that the
growth benefits the poor and does not harm the environment.
Asian Development Bank