About Tetsushi SonobeTetsushi Sonobe is Dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute.
Managing water resources in agriculture can ensure food and water security
By Jeetendra Prakash Aryal, Tetsushi Sonobe and Dil Rahut. Posted March 30, 2023
The unsustainable use of water resources in agriculture will have severe implications for future food and water security.
Hypertension, a ticking time bomb that can be stopped to save millions of lives
By Tetsushi Sonobe, Raja Rajendra Timilsina and Dil Rahut. Posted February 13, 2023
Hypertension affects 25% of the world’s population and can be a silent killer with no warning signs.
Resilient education systems critical for learning continuity during crises
By Tetsushi Sonobe, Elizabeth King, Daniel Suryadarma, Michelle Kaffenberger and Dieter Dohmen. Posted April 21, 2022
Without specific efforts to recover learning, prolonged education disruptions can lead to learning losses and disparities that affect students of all income levels.
Lessons for the informal sector from COVID-19
By Alessia Destefanis, Tetsushi Sonobe, Dil Rahut and Jeetendra Prakash Aryal. Posted August 13, 2021
The informal sector, which employs over 62% of the global population, is a fundamental source of livelihood for over 2 billion people (ILO 2020). Here, “employment” includes self-employment, and the informal sector refers to the part of the economy that is generally not monitored by a tax authority or other forms of government. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the informal sector accounted for 87.7%, 51.5%, and 55.7% of the population in low-, middle-, and high-income countries, respectively (ILO 2018a).
Rebooting food systems to achieve the unfinished agenda of global food security
By Dil Rahut, Jeetendra Prakash Aryal, Tetsushi Sonobe and Navneet Manchanda. Posted July 21, 2021
Food insecurity continues to be a pressing issue worldwide, despite scientific innovation and technological advancements in agriculture. Therefore, food security continues to be at the center of the global development agenda. The burgeoning demand for food due to exponential growth in the world’s population and the mismatch between demand and supply due to factors such as climate change, loss of soil fertility, land degradation, water scarcity, food loss and waste, and inefficient distribution systems, have exacerbated the problem of food insecurity.
Remittance inflows giving resilience to Bangladesh’s rural economy amid COVID-19
By Abdul Malek, Hoa Truong and Tetsushi Sonobe. Posted July 13, 2021
While the World Bank has identified Bangladesh as one of only three big economies that had increases in remittance inflows in 2020, along with Pakistan and Mexico (Ratha et al. 2020), and remittances have long made up a substantial share of people’s income in the country, preliminary results from a recent study supported by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) finds surprising resilience for remittance inflows into the rural economy during the first wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Bangladesh.
Unraveling the linkages between agriculture and climate change
By Jeetendra Prakash Aryal, Dil Rahut and Tetsushi Sonobe. Posted June 18, 2021
The connection between climate change and agriculture (both crops and livestock) is complex. On the one hand, agriculture is adversely affected by climate change (Aryal et al. 2020a; Lobell et al. 2011), but on the other hand, it is also one of the major factors exacerbating climate change (Smith et al. 2008; Aryal et al. 2020b). Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) could play a crucial role in reducing GHG emissions and mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.
Climate change impacts in Asia are all essentially a water story
By Kaittisak Kumse, Tetsushi Sonobe and Dil Rahut. Posted May 14, 2021
Global climate change caused by human activities will continue to be catastrophic for humanity. In particular, climate change is having serious impacts on the world’s water systems (United Nations 2020), and changes in these systems can have an enormous impact on people’s lives. This is because water plays a critical role in the very existence of all forms of life on earth as the foundation of human well-being and prosperity (Asian Development Bank 2020) and a source of life and livelihoods.
Transitioning to high-value agriculture through cluster-based development
By Kaittisak Kumse, Tetsushi Sonobe and Dil Rahut. Posted April 2, 2021
Income growth, urbanization, nutritional awareness, and supermarket revolutions in Asia are fueling demand for high-value agricultural products (HVPs), such as vegetables and fruits. This change in consumer demand can provide new agri-food market opportunities, which in turn can contribute to numerous Sustainable Development Goals through increased rural income, rural livelihood improvement, and rural poverty reduction.
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