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Food security in South Asia: strategies and programmes for regional collaboration

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  • Iqbal, Muhammad
  • Amjad, Rashid

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The study examines movements over time in key factors influencing food security in South Asia. Country level and regional level food security indices (FSI) were constructed to track progress in achieving food security keeping in view its availability, stability, access, and nutritional status dimensions. The results show that despite an overall increase in food production in SAARC countries, there has been no significant improvement in food security in the region. The lack of progress in improving food security and reducing hunger and malnutrition in some countries shows that their economic structure in terms of asset and income distribution; low investment in health, education, and agricultural R&D; and slow progress in HDI and gender disparities may be key factors. The study stresses upon the need for regional collaboration for ensuring food security and early solutions of issues that hurdle the initiation or limit the benefits of collaborated programmes.

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  • Iqbal, Muhammad & Amjad, Rashid, 2010. "Food security in South Asia: strategies and programmes for regional collaboration," MPRA Paper 38077, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38077
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    1. Ahmad, Munir & Iqbal, Muhammad & Farooq, Umar, 2015. "Food Security and its Constraining Factors in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities," MPRA Paper 72868, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. K.S. Kavi Kumar & Kamal Karunagoda & Enamul Haque & L. Venkatachelam & Girish Nath Bahal, 2012. "Addressing Long-term Challenges to Food Security and Rural Livelihoods in South Asia," Working Papers 2012-075, Madras School of Economics,Chennai,India.
    3. Romero-Aguilar, Randall & Miranda, Mario J. & Glauber, Joseph W., 2015. "Sustainability of Regional Food Reserves When Default is Possible," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 211825, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Romero-Aguilar, Randall S. & Miranda, Mario J., 2015. "Sustainability of Regional Reserves When Default Is Possible," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205773, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.

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    Keywords

    Food Security; Food Policy; Food Requirements; Food Reserves; Food Resources; Food Supply; South Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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