Md. Abul Basher
Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

Md. Abul Basher works on food security and rural development issues, contributes to ADB’s agenda of sustainable development, and supports the bank's knowledge management process on food security and sustainability. Prior to ADB, he taught Economics at Willamette University in the United States and worked as an economist at the World Bank and a researcher at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies.

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

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

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Using resource-saving technology, new rice varieties, and intercropping of vegetables improve yields and income in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nepal.

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E-commerce can enhance rural livelihoods with public investments in facilities and training, access to funding, and favorable market conditions.