Akmal Siddiq
Former Chief of Rural Development and Food Security (Agriculture) Thematic Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

Prior to joining ADB in 1998, Akmal Siddiq worked for a United States Agency for International Development-funded project, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, and consulted for the World Bank. He is a natural resource economist with extensive experience in sustainable development. He received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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This piece highlights the investments needed to overcome different agricultural challenges to meet growing food demand in the region.


A study looks at combined investments in research and development, infrastructure, technology, and policy reforms to achieve food security goals.


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Case Study

Tajikistan combined irrigation system repairs with agriculture policy reforms to increase food security and farm productivity.