Can self-sufficiency policy improve food security? An inter-temporal assessment of the wheat value-chain in Uzbekistan

Lombardozzi, Lorena and Djanibekov, Nodir (2020). Can self-sufficiency policy improve food security? An inter-temporal assessment of the wheat value-chain in Uzbekistan. Eurasian Geography and Economics (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15387216.2020.1744462

Abstract

There is a controversial debate about what is the best public policy a government should adopt to achieve an affordable and stable supply of staple food for its citizens so to ensure food security. This paper contributes to the debate on the socio-economic impacts of food self-sufficiency policy (SSP) in three ways. First, it thoroughly outlines the costs and advantages of the self-sufficiency policy presented in the literature. It argues that self-sufficiency policies are not neutral but have to be assessed for their distributional impacts across the different agents and over time, and in their context-specificity. Second, using the case of wheat self-sufficiency policy in Uzbekistan, it unpacks its effects on the different economic agents and institutions. Third, it reflects on the relevance of wheat self-sufficiency policy for food security in a context of dynamic economic development.

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