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Food Security and Agriculture in the Low Income, Food- Deficit countries: 10 years after the Uruguay Round

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  • Prabhu Pingali

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Randy Stringer

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

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This paper reviews agricultural and food security performances of developing countries after the Uruguay Round. In particular, issues and trends relevant to the interests of the low income food deficit and the net food importing countries are examined as the world prepares for further trade negotiations. The paper attempts to answer several questions, including: How has food security in the low income countries been affected over the past ten years? Are agricultural policies evolving in ways that take advantage of emerging trade opportunities? Despite the gains in global and national food availability, food security remains an especially persistent and elusive development problem. The late 1990s food insecurity data are worrisome, with emerging signs of uneven and slowing progress. Most of the recent food security problems are due to food shortages caused by civil unrest, wars and drought – age old problems that endure today.

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO - ESA) in its series Working Papers with number 03-18.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:fao:wpaper:0318

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Keywords: Agricultural development; Agricultural policies; Agricultural products; Economic growth; Food aid; Food security; Imports; International trade; Poverty; Trade; Trade agreements; Trade barriers; Trade liberalization;

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  1. World Bank, 2000. "World Development Indicators 2000," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13828, July.
  2. Anderson, Kym, 1995. "Agricultural Competitiveness After the Uruguay Round," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 63(03), December.
  3. World Bank, 2002. "World Development Indicators 2002," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13921, July.
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