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Category : Food Security

  • Asia Dialogue - The Risky Business of Betting on Vegetables

    The Risky Business of Betting on Vegetables

    Sarah Rooney and Nayan Pokhrel (Fixer)

    Behind the Lagankhel bus station two rows of vegetable stalls are lined up just inches away from a never-ending queue of vans. Here, amid the relentless noise and chaos of the bus station, Samjhana, 23, and her husband Bashu, 29, have set up their first vegetable stall. Their single table is laden with a plentiful array of over-sized bitter gourds, glossy green capsicums, okra, and chilies as thick as a child’s finger. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - “The New Urban” Publication is Now Released

    “The New Urban” Publication is Now Released

    Asia Development Dialogue Team

    The development landscape in Asia is changing. As more countries reach middle-income levels, new challenges emerge while old ones evolve, all of which demands increasingly innovative perspectives. The region is experiencing rapid urbanization, ageing populations, increasingly mobile and connected peoples, increased cultural and ethnic diversity, greater vulnerability to macroeconomic shocks, more devastating natural disasters, chronic poverty with widening disparities, a rising middle class and other political transformations that might open the doors for more active citizens, and robust economic growth, which means richer but not necessarily more effective governments. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Greening the kampung: A small but vital step towards sustainable development in Surabaya

    Greening the kampung: A small but vital step towards sustainable development in Surabaya

    Mukta Naik

    Over the last two decades, the awareness of the adverse impacts of climate change has grown and sustainability has become a key objective in urban planning. However, the interpretation of the green agenda in most Asian cities has been literal, with money spent on obvious aspects like parks and tree plantation, while more complex and holistic approaches have been harder to understand, leave alone implement. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Restoring lakes to benefit the ecosystem: The case of Mysore

    Restoring lakes to benefit the ecosystem: The case of Mysore

    Mukta Naik

    Late in the 1980s birding enthusiasts in the city of Mysore, located 140 kms southwest of India’s IT capital Bangalore, noticed a sickly green coating grow over the surface of the lakes they frequented. Awareness about the ill effects of pollution was growing and they began to worry about their city. Particularly, they worried about the wetlands and water bodies that they saw as critical habitats for wildlife and birds. They were pained by the increasing amount of raw sewage that was finding its way into these waters as the city grew. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Backyard produce: Food for your tables. Cebu and Naga, Philippines

    Backyard produce: Food for your tables. Cebu and Naga, Philippines

    Rowan Fraser

    Having got used to thinking of the city as being all concrete, iron and burgers, I was surprised to discover a series of vegetable gardens in Manila recently.  Lodged on a south-facing hillside, out towards Eastwood City, below a flyover, beside a jeepie stand.  The first time I was running late, but the second time I stopped in and looked over the garden.  A boy darted in and picked a cucumber. READ MORE