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Food Security in Developing Countries


  • Staatz, John M.
  • Boughton, Duncan
  • Donovan, Cynthia


This paper provides a systematic definition of food security, focusing on its different dimensions; examines the nature and magnitude of the different dimensions of food insecurity in developing countries; discusses the difficult tradeoffs that policy makers face in trying to address food security’s multiple dimensions simultaneously; and explores promising new approaches to address food insecurity. The geographic focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where the majority of the world’s food insecure people live.

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  • Staatz, John M. & Boughton, Duncan & Donovan, Cynthia, 2009. "Food Security in Developing Countries," Staff Papers 49227, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:midasp:49227

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    1. Muhammad Qasim & Rashid Saeed & Hafiz Muhammad Tauqeer & Aroj Bashir, 2015. "Food Security, Present Practices, Current Scenario and Future Perspective for Policy Implementation," International Journal of Economics and Empirical Research (IJEER), The Economics and Social Development Organization (TESDO), vol. 3(5), pages 224-229, May.
    2. Munir Ahmad & Umar Farooq, 2010. "The State of Food Security in Pakistan: Future Challenges and Coping Strategies," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 49(4), pages 903-923.
    3. Liverpool-Tasie, Lenis Saweda & Kuku, Oluyemisi & Ajibola, Akeem, 2011. "Review of literature on agricultural productivity, social capital and food security in Nigeria:," NSSP working papers 21, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    4. Adamowicz, Mieczyslaw, 1988. "Grain Production and Food Security in Arab Countries," Agricultural Economics of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 2(1), June.

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    food security; hunger; poverty; food policy; economic development; Agricultural and Food Policy; Food Security and Poverty; International Development; O13; O19; Q18;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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