Food Insecurity in Asia: Why Institutions Matter
Useful for anyone who is interested in food security of individual Asian nations and Asia as a whole, including officials of national governments and international bodies, researchers, and university students.
Achieving food security is of utter importance in any nation. However, food insecurity still exists in many developing countries, with Asia home to almost 65% of the world’s undernourished. This calls for urgent action.
Studies that examine differences in food security performance among Asian countries are sparse. This book fills this gap by providing cross-country comparative perspectives on food security improvements. Such a study can be valuable for Asian countries to learn from each other. Country studies included in this book are Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Pakistan, and Singapore. These countries share similarities but also differ in terms of their institutional settings, natural resource endowments, population size, and level of economic development. This study concludes that institutional differences are the most fundamental determinants of divergent food security status.
Zhang-Yue Zhou is a professor at the College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
Guanghua Wan is a principal economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, the Asian Development Bank, Manila, the Philippines.
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- Part I: Introduction
- 1. Introduction: Food Insecurity in Asia by Guanghua Wan and Zhang-Yue Zhou
- 2. Review of Literature by Zhang-Yue Zhou, Meenchee Hong, and Guanghua Wan
- 3. Asia’s Food Security in the Past 50 Years: Achievements and Challenges by Zhang-Yue Zhou, Guanghua Wan, and Meenchee Hong
- Part II: Country Experiences
- 4. From Food Scarcity to Food Abundance: The People’s Republic of China’s Quest for Food Security by Zhang-Yue Zhou
- 5. Food Security Measures in Japan since World War II by Akihiko Hirasawa
- 6. Food Security in the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Why the Difference? by Joo-Ho Song and Tae-Jin Kwon
- 7. On Food Security in Israel by Miri Endeweld and Jacques Silber
- 8. Food Security in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Singapore by Meenchee Hong, Zhang-Yue Zhou, and Guanghua Wan
- 9. Achieving Food Security in Asia: Cross-Country Experiences and Lessons by Zhang-Yue Zhou, Meenchee Hong, Guanghua Wan, and Rabiul Beg
- Part III: Looking to the Future
- 10. Changes in Food Demand and Supply in the People’s Republic of China and the Subcontinent: Impacts on Global Food Security by Zhang-Yue Zhou, Jing Xiang, Wei-Ming Tian, Guanghua Wan, Vasant P. Gandhi, and Dinesh Jain
- 11. Toward Achieving Food Security in Asia: What Can Asia Learn from the Global Experience? by Jock R. Anderson
- 12. Conclusions and Implications by Zhang-Yue Zhou and Guanghua Wan