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Food Security in Asia

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Food Security in Asia

Economics and Policies

9781840644418 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Wen S. Chern, Professor and Graduate Studies Chair, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University, US, Colin A. Carter, Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, US and Shun-Yi Shei, formerly Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Publication Date: 2001 ISBN: 978 1 84064 441 8 Extent: 288 pp
Food security can be defined as the perceived availability of a high-quality, domestically-produced staple food supply which will maintain the existing standard of living. This book provides a forum for a panel of distinguished authors to debate such issues as whether or not many developed countries in Asia – such as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore – have legitimate concerns about their food security. They find, controversially, that this issue is of importance to all countries, not just to developing countries lacking the income to acquire an adequate food supply.

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Food security can be defined as the perceived availability of a high-quality, domestically-produced staple food supply which will maintain the existing standard of living. This book provides a forum for a panel of distinguished authors to debate such issues as whether or not many developed countries in Asia – such as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore – have legitimate concerns about their food security. They find, controversially, that this issue is of importance to all countries, not just to developing countries lacking the income to acquire an adequate food supply.

The authors analyse the forces affecting the demand for, and supply of, staples such as rice, vegetable oils and protein meals. Rice is the most important staple in Asia and so the authors pay particular attention to the effects of rice production strategies and trade policies on food security. They examine the implications of trade liberalisation in the ASEAN free trade area and in East Asia on agricultural trade and food security. They also discuss the implications of China’s ongoing economic transition on its intra-provincial and international agricultural trade, and its policy on self-sufficiency.

Food Security in Asia provides a timely evaluation of the food security issue which will be of interest to scholars of Asian studies, agricultural economics and international economics.
Critical Acclaim
‘A brief review such as this cannot touch on all the important issues addressed in this volume, which offers a rich, varied and interesting collection of papers on important aspects of Asian food security. The broad focus of some of the chapters deservedly lend themselves to a wide audience; others that are more narrowly focused have more of a specialist appeal, but will be no less interesting, especially to specialists on a particular country or region or on a particular nutritional issue. . . Whether from an academic or policy perspective, this is a book that will repay careful study.’
– Robert Ash, Journal of Agrarian Change

‘. . . there is much in this book which should be of considerable relevance to anyone interested in the development of food supply, demand and trade in the countries of East and South East Asia. . . it should also be relevant and accessible to advanced undergraduate and to graduate students pursuing courses in the areas of agricultural development, trade or policy.’
– John Davis, Journal of Agricultural Economics
Contributors
Contributors: C.A. Carter, C.-C. Chang, Y.-H. Chen, W.S. Chern, T.-T. Fu, Y. Hayami, M. Hossain, C.L. Huang, D.-S. Huang, T.-C. Hwang, T. Kako, K. Kan, G.-J.M. Leu, M.N. Shamsudin, S.-Y. Shei, M.A. Sombilla, A.J. Webb, C.-H. Wu, M.-H. Yang
Contents
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Food Security 3. The Urban–Rural Income Gap in China 4. Rice and Food Security in Asia 5. The Implications of the ASEAN Free Trade Area on Agricultural Trade between Taiwan and the ASEAN 6. Assessment of Demand-side Factors Affecting Global Food Security 7. Economic Development and Food Security Issues in Japan and South Korea 8. A Policy Choice of the Rice Import Issue in Taiwan 9. Rice Import Competition and Demand Allocation in Hong Kong and Singapore 10. Food Security Issues in Singapore 11. Demand for Food Safety in Taiwan 12. Forces Shaping Asia’s Demand for Vegetable Oils and Protein Meals Index

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