Asia-Pacific Current Affairs - 2019

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2019 Global Report on Food Crises

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) makes the following observations in the 2019 Global Report on Food Crises report:

  • More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced “acute hunger” last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region.
  • Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine.
  • African Nations were “disproportionally” affected as close to 72 million people on the continent suffered acute hunger.
  • The key factors which drove the hunger were Conflict and insecurity along with economic turbulence and climate-related shocks like drought and floods.
  • In countries on the verge of famine, up to 80 per cent of the populations were dependent on agriculture. They need both emergency humanitarian aid for food and measures to help boost agriculture.
  • The strain put on countries hosting a large number of refugees, including war-torn Syria as well as Bangladesh, which has received more than a million Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar has been highlighted in the report.
  • The overall situation slightly improved in 2018 compared to 2017 when 124 million people suffered acute hunger. This reduction in numbers was partially owed to the fact that some countries in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region, for instance, were less affected by weather disasters that had struck in previous years.
  • The year-on-year trend of more than 100 million people facing famine was unlikely to change in the face of continued crises.
  • High levels of acute and chronic malnutrition in children living in emergency conditions remained of grave concern.

The Global Food Crises Report is an annual study launched three years ago which takes stock of the countries facing the greatest difficulties in tackling hunger.

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2019

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA 2019) is the fifteenth edition of the Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition. LIMA 2019 was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohammed.

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) provides a platform where industry stakeholders could engage and expand their networks towards forging new partnerships and business agreements.

The insights from round tables and conferences, as well as business forums, offer access to invaluable information that enables businesses to stay ahead of the competition and seize new opportunities in the dynamic market of Asia Pacific. LIMA held biennially since its debut in 1991 is the largest show of its kind within the Asia Pacific region.

Indian Presence in LIMA 2019

INS Kadmatt and India’s indigenous supersonic fighter jet Tejas are taking part in the LIMA 2019.

INS Kadmatt is an indigenous stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette of the Indian Navy. INS Kadmatt s fitted with state-of-the-art weapons, sensors and machinery and is also designed to embark the seaking anti-submarine helicopter.

India’s indigenous supersonic fighter jet Tejas has been manufactured indigenously at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.