Sustainable agriculture, food security, and socio-economic risks in Ukraine

Borodina O, Borodina E, Ermolieva T, Ermoliev Y, Fischer G, Makowski M, & van Velthuizen HT (2012). Sustainable agriculture, food security, and socio-economic risks in Ukraine. In: Managing Safety of Heterogeneous Systems. Eds. Ermoliev, Y., Makowski, M. & Marti, K., pp. 169-185 Heidelberg: Springer. DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-22884-1_8.

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Abstract

In Ukraine, the growth of intensive agricultural enterprises that focus on fast profits contribute considerably to food insecurity and increasing socio-economic and environmental risks. Ukraine has important natural and labor resources for effective rural development; more than 50% of food production is still contributed by small and medium farms, despite the difficulties associated with economic instabilities and the lack of proper policy support. Currently, the main issue for the agro-policy is to use these resources in a sustainable way, enforcing robust long term development of rural communities and agriculture. In this chapter, we introduce a stochastic, geographically explicit model for designing forward-looking policies regarding robust resources allocation and composition of agricultural production, in order to enhance food security and rural development. In particular, we investigate the role of investments into rural facilities to stabilize and enhance the performance of the agrofood sector in view of uncertainties and incomplete information. The security goals are introduced in the form of multidimensional risk indicators.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Water (WAT)
Bibliographic Reference: In: Y Ermoliev, M Makowski, K Marti (eds); Managing Safety of Heterogeneous Systems; Springer, Heidelberg, Germany pp.169-185 (February 2012)
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Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:47
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2017 08:25
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10084

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