The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains: Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger
Reardon, Thomas; Chen, Kevin; Minten, Bart; Adriano, Lourdes | December 2012
Feeding nine billion people by 2050 is a top priority on the global agenda for sustainable and inclusive development. This task is especially formidable in Asia, where more than two-thirds of the world's poor and malnourished people live. Food prices in Asia are projected to remain high and volatile, and food production is likely to be challenged by the combined effects of resource degradation and increasing climate variability and change. Ensuring food security in this region requires urgent actions to improve the productivity and climate resilience of agriculture and to upgrade the food value chains to ensure adequate and affordable food supplies. This book, as its title denotes, documents the quiet revolution in staple food value chains now changing the face of Asia. It provides a systematic and rigorous review of the structural transformation pathways of these food chains and the catalytic roles that governments, the private sector, civil society, and international development institutions can play in the process. While not intended as a policy analysis for food security, the study provides critical guideposts for assessing and addressing all segments of the food chains that unnecessarily contribute to higher retail food prices. Most significantly, the book provides a clearer picture of how staple food value chains can benefit inclusive economic growth trajectories.
CitationReardon, Thomas; Chen, Kevin; Minten, Bart; Adriano, Lourdes. 2012. The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains: Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/93. License: CC BY-NC IGO 3.0.
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