The Asia-Pacific region is home to about 950 million people living below the poverty line. They spend a large portion of their income on basic food commodities. Consequently, rising food prices push more people below the poverty line. A strong and sustained growth momentum is needed to tackle the problem of poverty and food insecurity. Countries need economic reforms to improve productivity, particularly that of their agricultural sector, strengthen public institutions, improve economic governance, enhance financial inclusion and build social safety nets to protect the more vulnerable segments of the population.