The South Asian region has the highest rates of hunger in the world. According to one estimate, 336 million people (nearly 23 percent of its population) are routinely hungry and new threats are emerging to intensify the situation. The challenge of hunger and under nutrition in South Asia is complex and has many causes; it must therefore be met by a variety of cross-sectoral interventions. The South Asia food and nutrition security initiative (SAFANSI), supported by the World Bank and the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Department for International Development (DFID), aims to foster cross-cutting actions that will lead to measurable improvements in food and nutrition security.
Science Adviser in the Agriculture Practice.