International Trade and Food Security

International Trade and Food Security

Exploring Collective Food Security in Asia

NUS Centre for International Law series

Edited by Michael Ewing-Chow and Melanie Vilarasau Slade

Food security is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Through a collection of commissioned studies, which draw upon the experience of leading experts and scholars in trade, investment, law, economics, and food policy, this book assesses whether self-sufficiency is an adequate response to the food security challenges we face

Chapter 8: Food security and limits to resources

Lee Ann Jackson

Subjects: law - academic, asian law, international economic law, trade law, public international law


Changing global climate conditions are creating new stresses on agricultural producers and new demands on policymakers. Given the decreased predictability in the agricultural economy, policymakers are increasingly called upon to intervene to address food security concerns. Food security policy interventions often target agricultural production to increase supply, including by creating incentives to intensify production, such as through increased input use or expansion of cultivation. In attempting to address current food needs, policy interventions that influence the decisions of agricultural producers may have consequences on the state of the resources that are integral to future agricultural production. The challenge for policymakers is to create conditions that provide appropriate incentives for producers in the short term without leading to long-term degradation of resources.

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