Asia-Pacific countries must increase food production by mid-century, or face food shortages and chronic hunger, warned the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The warning came as a week-long food security conference was held by the organisation in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

It said poor countries need to increase their food production by up to 77 percent to feed their populations by 2050.

The region will have more than 550 million people suffering from under-nutrition if it fails to reach the goal, said the FAO.

There will be a high risk of social and political unrest, civil wars, and terrorism, which can be sourced from serious food shortages, it added.

Around 842 million people around the world suffer from malnutrition and two thirds of them reside in the Asia-Pacific region. Twenty percent of the region’s total children are undernourished.-VNA