Food Security in The ECO Region

Project Description and
 Ensuring food security has become a serious challenge for
the developing countries
 According to FAO 2010 report, 98% of world
undernourished people live in developing countries
 30 percent of Tajikistan population is undernourished
compared with an average of 13% in other developing
 Afghanistan and Tajikistan are considered to be in a
protracted crisis. Kyrgyzstan also faces the food insecurity
problem especially people living in mountainous areas,
which have less accessibility and limited agricultural
 Given this background, it is important to analyze the food
security situation in the region, identify the factors that
impinge on the food security situation, and draw
implications for regional trade and economic cooperation
for ensuring food security and reducing hunger and
malnutrition in the region.
 Direct Beneficiaries:
Government ministries/Agencies, Planning Commissions of
the member countries
 Directly or Indirectly Affected Parties:
Private businesses involved in food trade
 Parties to Cooperate and Coordinate Project Activities:
Planning Commissions/Economic and Finance Ministries of
the member countries
Relevance of The Project
 Relevance to ECO Objectives and Priorities:
The project is relevant to ECO objectives of effective
utilization of agricultural and industrial potential of the
member countries, liberalizing and improving the intraregional trade, thereby contributing to the growth of
world trade.
 Relevance to National Objectives and Priorities
The project is aimed at analyzing food security situation
of the member countries and suggesting policy
recommendations to make effective utilization of
member countries agricultural resources
Overall and Specific Project Purpose
 Assess the food security situation in the ECO region
 Identify various factors influencing food security in the
 Examine policy related to pricing, procurement, and trade
of major foodstuffs in member states
 Develop long-term forecasts of food prices and their
implications for regional food security in a longer term
perspective taking into account such parameters as price
elasticity, patterns of intra-regional trade in food products,
and exchange rate fluctuations; food security in ECO
region, and suggest strategies and programmes for
regional collaboration for mitigating food insecurity
Project Outputs
 The project offers a comprehensive analysis of the
food security situation of the region
 Comprehension of the factors that affect food security
situation of the region, and
 Policy implications to use region’s agricultural
resources in an optimal way
Duration of The Project
 Investment Period:
12 months from the date of initiation
 Expected Operating Period:
12 months from the date of initiation
 Basic Activities
Data Collection;
Econometric Modeling; interpretation and analysis; Drawing
policy implications
Progress of the study
 Preliminary data have been collected on
macroeconomic aggregates, agricultural production
and consumption, and trade.
 A model is being developed to assess the food security
situation and estimate the linkages between trade
liberalization and food security.
 Draft report to be ready in 6 months.

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