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SAARC for food security of South Asia

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Gurpreet Kaur

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2013, Volume : 9, Issue : 3
First page : ( 247) Last page : ( 253)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.2322-0430.9.3.008

SAARC for food security of south Asia

Kaur Gurpreet
Research Scholar, Kurukshetra University, Kuruksetra-1361118 (Haryana). Email: gurpreetkaur349@ymail.com

JEL Classification: D18, F55, I38, O19, N75, Q01, Q17, Q18

Online published on 21 September, 2013.

Abstract
The present paper is an attempt to study the reasons for recent surge in food prices and also explore the opportunity for SAARC region to collectively resolve the problem of starvation, based on specialization and free trade. The cutting across of political boundaries, based on bio-physical parameters and existing cropping patterns, there are clear cut demarcated agro-climatic zones. For each zone, crop specific common forums for research and development, value addition, and information sharing system need to be set up to cater to the requirements of the entire area. Cooperative efforts on production, marketing, distribution and risk mitigation can help minimizing the food security problem.