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Food Security Policy in Developing Countries

Awudu Abdulai and Christian Kuhlgatz

in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199569441
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199569441.013.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Food Security Policy in Developing Countries

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This article reviews the concept of food security and the various approaches developing countries have used to promote food security in their countries. The discussion therefore involves both direct and indirect policy interventions that are used to ensure food security in developing countries. It presents a simple microeconomic model of food security that explains individuals' demand for food ingredients as well as the different channels through which they become food-insecure. It examines the food security policies of developing countries as they relate to the theoretical model. It discusses food market intervention policies and focuses on the indirect food security measures normally employed to attain a sustainable social and economic environment over the long term. This article shows the efforts several policy analysts have put into research to examine policy options and their impacts on food security.

Keywords: food security; policy interventions; microeconomic model; food market; developing countries

Article.  11259 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Economic Development and Growth ; Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Resource Economics

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