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Impact of water scarcity on food security at meso level in Pakistan

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  • Fahim, Muhammad Amir
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    Pakistan is confronting the problem of water scarcity which is rendering an adverse impact on food security. The study examines the impact of water scarcity on food security in an era of climate change. It further focuses on projecting the future trends of water and food stock. The research effort probes the links among water scarcity, climate change, food security, water security, food inflation, poverty and management of water resources. Data on food security was collected from the FSA (Food Security analysis) of the Sustainable development Policy institute (SDPI) and Food insecurity and Vulnerability Information mapping system (FIVIMS). Simultaneous, structural and reduced form equations have been employed to catch the effect of water scarcity on three components of food security separately. In fact, the present study develops a series of models that captures the impact of water scarcity on the components of food security at Meso level. The models have traced an adverse impact of water scarcity water scarcity on food security at Meso levels. The findings so obtained may help in proposing the policy guidelines for overcoming water scarcity and handling with food insecurity caused by water scarcity and other factors.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 35759.

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    Date of creation: 16 Nov 2011
    Date of revision: 23 Dec 2011
    Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:35759

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    Keywords: Water scarcity; Water supply; Water Demand; Food security; Meso level; Simultaneous equations;

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