Elyssa Kaur Ludher

Ms Elyssa Kaur Ludher is a Visiting Fellow with the Climate Change for Southeast Asia Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Prior to joining, Ms Ludher contributed to food policy research at the World Bank, Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore, and the Singapore Food Agency. She served as the Singapore representative for Habitat III, as well as working in Cambodia between 2007 to 2011 focusing on rural development. Ms Ludher has published books on climate change, food security, water resilience, smart cities and urban governance. She has a double Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and Bioresource Engineering. 

Articles by Elyssa Kaur Ludher (7)

Leveraging Dirt: Soil as Southeast Asia’s Under-explored Solution for Carbon Mitigation and Food Security

Elyssa Kaur Ludher

The world’s soils are under threat due to deforestation, urbanisation, agriculture, and pollution. Southeast Asia should prioritise sustainable soil management to reap the benefits of carbon mitigation and enhance food security.

Rice Production and Food Security in Southeast Asia under Threat from El Niño

Elyssa Kaur Ludher|Paul Teng

The latest El Niño event has just begun. The effects on rice production and supplies are expected to be severe. This Long Read argues for the urgency of putting in place plans for the next year and the following years to allay the worst impacts.

Eating Away Our Food: Ocean Acidification Impacting Fisheries in Southeast Asia

Elyssa Kaur Ludher

Ocean acidification, the “evil twin” of global warming, presents a stern challenge to food security, particularly for Southeast Asians.

Fertiliser Security for Food Security in Southeast Asia: Going Local and Circular

Elyssa Kaur Ludher

Southeast Asia is highly dependent on a volatile global supply of synthetic fertilisers. Local fertiliser production by natural means, through novel innovations, offer more sustainable alternatives worthy of policy action.

Tools for Planning and Mapping a Food-Secure Malaysia

Elyssa Kaur Ludher

Malaysia has developed comprehensive agriculture and food security policies to respond to exceptionally high inflation since 2020. However, comprehensive tools are also required to successfully translate aspiration into action.