By 2023, Asia-Pacific urban food security could be at risk

By that date, approximately 55% of the Asia-Pacific region will reside in urban areas, which could have a impact on food security and urban nutrition

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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By 2023, Asia-Pacific urban food security could be at risk

By 2023, in the insecure Asia-Pacific, urban food security could be at risk. Indeed, according to the United Nations report: Asia-Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2022, Urban Food Systems and Nutrition, by that date, approximately 55% of the Asia-Pacific region will reside in urban areas, which could have a impact on food security and urban nutrition.

In previous editions of the report it was reported that the fight against hunger and malnutrition was progressing slowly, and then regressing. Based on the latest report, the region is already falling behind in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

No country in the region is on track to meet the World Health Assembly goal of not increasing obesity in adults. About 396 million people in the region were undernourished and about 1.05 billion people were moderately or severely food insecure in 2021.

About 75 million children under the age of five in the region are stunted, or 50 per cent of the global total. Asia-Pacific is near the western Pacific Ocean. The Asia-Pacific region varies in area depending on the context, but it often includes countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania that border the Pacific Ocean.

Afghanistan, the Indian subcontinent, Mongolia, Myanmar, and the Russian Far East are generally included in a wider Asia-Pacific region.

By 2023, Asia-Pacific urban food security could be at risk

Meanwhile, speaking of ecology and finance, more than nine out of ten institutional investors (93%) actively consider ESG criteria and sustainability in their Real Asset investment strategies, with 17% of them considering it an essential factor.

The study also revealed that two-thirds of institutional investors, or 64%, plan to increase their real asset allocations over the next two years, with 46% expecting an increase of up to 10%. The most significant allocations are from North American investors, where nearly a quarter have more than 20% of their portfolio in real assets, compared to 19% of European investors and 17% of those in Asia-Pacific.

The findings emerge from the "Real Assets Study", the annual research by Aviva Investors, Aviva's global asset management division, which involved more than 500 institutional investors from around the world, including pension funds, insurers, global financial institutions and official institutions, which together represent more than $3.5 trillion in assets.