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Mountains, global food prices, and food security in the developing world

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  • Akramov, Kamiljon T.
  • Yu, Bingxin
  • Fan, Shenggen

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This study explores the differences between mountain and non-mountain countries in food security and its determinants. Econometric analysis shows that mountain regions are likely to have lower food security. The findings suggest that people in mountain countries are especially affected by external shocks such as surges in global food prices. The results of regression decomposition indicate that the disparity in food availability we observed between mountain and non-mountain countries can be explained by differences in population size, income, road density, and governance factors as well as by a differential impact of external price shocks. The direct impacts of geographic and agroecological factors seem rather limited.

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  • Akramov, Kamiljon T. & Yu, Bingxin & Fan, Shenggen, 2010. "Mountains, global food prices, and food security in the developing world," IFPRI discussion papers 989, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    1. Akramov, Kamiljon T. & Shreedhar, Ganga, 2012. "Economic development, external shocks, and food security in Tajikistan:," IFPRI discussion papers 1163, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. William R DiPietro, 2014. "Basic Food and Health Security: A Cross Country Look," Economy, Asian Online Journal Publishing Group, vol. 1(2), pages 32-36.

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    altitude; Developing countries; food security; global food prices; mountain regions;

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