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Deep Dive Session 6.2: Transforming South Asia’s Food Systems by Action on the Water-Energy-Food-Environment Nexus

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Auditorium 2: Environmental Sustainability

This session will discuss innovations in water management and energy access that support food systems transformation in this key breadbasket region. It will also present a food system diagnostic for selected South Asian countries.


  • Yasmin Siddiqi, Director, Agriculture, Food, Nature and Rural Development, ADB 
  • Claudia Ringler, Director, Natural Resource and Resilience Unit, International Food Policy Research Institute 
  • Mohsin Hafeez, Director, Water, Food and Ecosystems, International Water Management Institute 
  • Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Gender and social development specialist, ADB 
  • Alisher Mirzabaev, Senior Scientist, Policy Analysis/Climate Change, International Rice Research Institute


Alisher Mirzabaev

Senior Scientist, Policy Analysis and Climate Change

International Rice Research Institute

Bimbika Sijapati Basnett

Gender and Social Development Specialist

Asian Development Bank

Claudia Ringler

Director, Natural Resource and Resilience Unit

International Food Policy Research Institute

Mohsin Hafeez

Director of Water, Food and Ecosystems

International Water Management Institute

Yasmin Siddiqi

Director, Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development Sector Office, Sectors Group

Asian Development Bank