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Regional Dialogue on "Renewed Policy Action for the Poorest and Hungry in South Asia"
December 2, 2008
New Delhi, India

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Supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Despite rapid income growth over the past decade, more than 440 million people still remain poor and hungry in South Asia, and finding ways to reduce poverty and hunger within an acceptable timetable is an urgent challenge facing all countries of this region. As part of its continuing efforts to facilitate international consultation on the needed actions to address this challenge, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a one-day regional dialogue on "Renewed Policy Action for the Poorest and Hungry in South Asia" on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in New Delhi, India.

The regional dialogue brought together experts to address two key issues: (i) Securing inclusive income growth, and (ii) enhancing human capabilities of the poorest. It followed up on the international conference, "Taking Action for the World's Poor and Hungry People," held by IFPRI in 2007 in Beijing where the two issues were prominently discussed. The New Delhi consultation explored the above issues in a more in-depth fashion for South Asia and derived lessons from successful local experiences.