rising population and declining farm land in the region. Information sharing on the successes and challenges of agriculture and food security among the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries can help reduce risks associated with population boom and receding arable lands in the region.
Experts at a regional workshop in Dhaka have observed that the countries in the region have individually succeeded in developing better varieties of crops and vegetables and adopting effective disaster management techniques. Now they need to share the respective experiences on the basis of complementarities.
The information sharing assumes a critical dimension with the threat of climate related challenges that call for adaptation measures. The countries in South Asia share common rivers and are also littoral states to the Indian Ocean. So far as floods and cyclones are concerned they can develop and share early warning systems.
Flow of information on methods of cultivation and crop safety procedures as well as sharing market information on prices, products and inputs among the farmers, consumers and businesses can be components of a very useful Saarc strategy on agriculture and food security. More >>>