First Version of the SOVAM

Iakimets VN & Kiselev V (1985). First Version of the SOVAM. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-85-060

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Abstract

Understanding the nature and dimensions of the world food problem and the policies available to alleviate it has been the focal point of IIASA's Food and Agriculture Program (FAP) since it began in 1977.

National food systems are highly interdependent, and yet the major policy options exist at the national level. Therefore, to explore these options, it is necessary both to develop policy models for national economies and to link them together by trade and capital transfers. Over the years FAP has, with the help of a network of collaborating institutions, developed and linked national policy models of twenty countries, which together account for nearly 80 percent of important agricultural attributes such as area. production, population, exports, imports and so on. The remaining countries are represented by 14 somewhat simpler models of groups of countries.

The countries constituting the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) together are a major influence on the world market. An aggregate food and agriculture model of the CMEA, in which the CMEA is treated as one nation has been developed by the FAP, as part of the IIASA/FAP basic linked system.

In addition, development of detailed models for some of the major nations constituting the CMEA was undertaken. The development of the Soviet Agricultural Model (SOVAM) was started in late 1983 in collaboration with a number of institutions in the Soviet Union. These include the All-Union Research Institute of Cybernetics in Agriculture, Computer Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences, All-Union Research Institute for Systems Studies, and the Central Economic Mathematical Institute.

This working paper is one of a series of working papers documenting the work that went into developing the various models of FAP. In this paper V. Iakimets and V. Kiselev describe a first version of the SOVAM.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Food and Agriculture (FAG)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:55
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2016 13:43
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/2641

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