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Food insecurity in Pakistan: causes and policy response

By M. A. Khan, S. A. A. Shah

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There is evidence of continued food insecurity and malnutrition in Pakistan despite significant progress made in terms of food production in recent years. According to "Vision 2030" of the Planning Commission of Pakistan, about half of the population in the country suffers from absolute to moderate malnutrition, with the most vulnerable being children, women, and elderly among the lowest income group. The Government of Pakistan has been taking a series of policy initiatives and strategic measures to combat food insecurity issues. These range from increasing production to food imports, implementation of poverty reduction strategies, nutritional improvement programs, as well as provision of social safety nets. The article aims to instill some fresh thinking into the debate regarding the challenges of food security. It underscores the limitations of hitherto policy response, and suggests crucial measures to improve the present grim scenario. Policy makers, planners, practitioners, and academicians in countries with comparable socio-political and economic setup can view this discussion as a case study and may apply the findings in their domain accordingly.

Date 2011
Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 24
Issue 5
Pages 493-509
ISBN/ISSN 0893-4282
DOI 10.1007/s10806-010-9274-2
Language English
Author Address Department of Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. shahg65@gmail.com
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  1. Agriculture
  2. Asia
  3. Case Report
  4. Commonwealth of Nations
  5. Constraints
  6. Developed countries
  7. Food economics
  8. Food policy
  9. Malnutrition
  10. Pakistan
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. Policy and Planning
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