The international community recognises the fundamental right of everyone to be free of hunger. Eradicating hunger and poverty is also a priority Millennium Development Goal, adopted by 189 countries. The sad truth is, however, that the gap between theory and practice is wide and, at an estimated 925 million, the number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high. The European Union has long invested in rural development, both at home and in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The EU is committed to ensuring global food security. The 1 billion euro EU Food... Facility created in 2008 provided a rapid response to problems caused by soaring food prices in developing countries. The Food Security Thematic Programme is helping improve food security for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Bilateral country programmes also provide substantial support to agriculture and food security and overall the EU has more than delivered on promises made at the G8 Summit in L’Aquila in 2009 to deliver €2.7 billion in support to agriculture and food security over 2010-2012: it has committed almost €3 billion in just two years. In this brochure, we look at the EU’s recently launched four-year regional programme to transfer appropriate technology to Asia’s poorest, smallholder farmers who are the backbone of the region’s economies. The programme, ‘Technology Transfer for Food Security in Asia’, seeks to improve the food security, nutrition and livelihood of the poorest and most vulnerable people in South and Southeast Asia by increasing productivity through the transfer of appropriate and effective technologies, as well as enhanced access to markets. Encouraging regional cooperation is a priority. We see this as a vivid example of how Asia and Europe can work together to empower millions of people, making them a true part of a new, rising Asia.