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Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Food Security in South Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Nagesh Kumar, Joseph George

Routledge India

274 pages | 47 B/W Illus.

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This volume foregrounds the importance of regional cooperation in the context of food security issues in South Asia. South Asia holds the key to global achievement of SDG targets of ending hunger and malnutrition — it accounts for nearly one-third of food insecure people on the planet, with every third child suffering from stunting due to malnutrition. Similar food preferences, production systems and transboundary nature of agrarian ecosystems call for coordinated action by South Asian countries, complementing national actions dealing with food security challenges.

In this volume, leading experts discuss the perspectives of key South Asian countries in leveraging regional cooperation for addressing food security challenges and reflect on the potential of cooperative actions in different areas. The book proposes a ten-point regional policy agenda covering cooperation for combatting climate change, regional trade liberalization, operationalization of regional food reserves, leveraging technology, sharing of good practices, regional institution building, coordinated positions in multilateral trade negotiations, addressing trans-boundary outbreak of livestock diseases, strengthening food safety standards, and management of shared natural resources.

A key volume on accomplishing SDGs in the South Asian context, this book will be of immense interest to policy makers, researchers and development practitioners. It is also essential reading for scholars and researchers in the areas of development studies, South Asia studies, and environment and sustainability.

Table of Contents

1. Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Food Security in South Asia: An Overview and Policy Lessons

Nagesh Kumar and Joseph George

Part I: Regional perspectives on food security

2. Realizing Sustainable Food Security in South Asia: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities

Upali Wickramasinghe

3. Potential for Intra-Regional Trade in Food Products in South Asia

Indra Nath Mukherji

4. Agricultural Trade in South Asia: Issues, Challenges and the Way Forward

Sachin Chaturvedi

5. SAARC Food Bank: Raising Operational Efficacy

Mustafizur Rahman, Estiaque Bari and Sherajum Monira Farin

Part II: National food security strategies: leveraging regional cooperation

6. Ensuring Food Security in Bangladesh: Issues Beyond Production and Challenges Ahead

Mustafizur Rahman and Towfiqul Islam Khan

7. India’s National Food Security Strategies and Potential for Regional Cooperation

S. Mahendra Dev

8. State of Food Security in Nepal: Addressing Concerns of Productivity and Climate Change

Posh Raj Pandey

9. National Food Security Challenges and Strategies in Pakistan: Cooperation for Technology and Trade

Abid Qaiyum Suleri and Mehreen Iqbal

10. Food Security Policy Framework in Sri Lanka: Market Reforms, Diversification and Safety Nets

Saman Kelegama and Dilani Hirimuthugodage

About the Editors

Nagesh Kumar is Director and Head of South and South-West Asia Office, New Delhi of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). He has earlier served as the ESCAP Chief Economist and Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, and Director of Social Development Division at UN-ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok. Before joining UNESCAP in 2009, Dr. Kumar was Director-General of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi based policy think-tank of the Government of India. He has also served on the faculty of UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands (1993-1998). Dr Kumar has served on the boards of the Export-Import Bank of India, the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva, the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Dhaka and Kathmandu, among other institutions. A PhD from the Delhi School of Economics, India, Dr. Kumar is recipient of the Exim Bank of India's first International Trade Research Award and the Global Development Network’s Research Medal. Dr. Kumar has researched extensively on different aspects of economic development, resulting in the publication of 17 books and over 100 peer-reviewed papers.

Joseph George is a trade and development analyst with ten years of experience in the field of regional economic integration in South Asia. Currently serving as a Research Associate at the South and South-West Asia Office of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), he provides research support for implementation of UN-ESCAP’s programmes on regional cooperation for sustainable development in the Southern Asian region. His coauthored published works include The Doha Round and South Asia: Need for Better Coordination (2011), Cost of Economic Non-cooperation to Consumers in South Asia (2012), Reforming Non-Tariff Barriers: Case for a Participatory Approach in South Asia (2013), Unlocking the Potential of Regional Economic Cooperation and integration in South Asia (2017), and Integrating South Asia’s Power Grid for a Sustainable and Low Carbon Future (2018). Joseph holds an M. Phil Degree in Applied Economics from Centre for Development Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies