Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre's 2010-2011 Report on Food Security in South Asia is a valuable contribution towards the conceptual and empirical analysis of food security in South Asia. It analyses the issues of availability and access to food for all South Asians, especially the poor. Ensuring adequate food at affordable prices to all people at all times is the duty of each government. The high prices of food and fuel and economic crisis of recent years have put half a billion South Asians in poverty, millions of children out of school and into work, and over 300 millions of South Asians malnourished. The Report presents critical analyses of food production, distribution, and access for three South Asian countries, India, Pakistan, and
Bangladesh. The Report also assesses food security from the perspectives of women and climate change. The Report critically reviews the public food distribution system and social safety net programmes. The Report argues that to give economic growth a human face, South Asia needs to seriously address the effectiveness of its food security initiatives. The objective of all development programmes must be the people and their wellbeing, and food security is the main lifeline of the people.
Readership: The report will benefit students, teachers and scholars of social sciences, policy makers, journalists, rights activists, multilateral institutions and donor agencies.
Mahbub ul Haq Development Centre
The Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre was set up in November 1995 in Islamabad, Pakistan by the late Dr Mahbub ul Haq, founder and chief architect of UNDP's Human Development Reports. This is a policy research institute and a think tank committed to organizing professional research, policy studies and seminars in the area of human development with a special focus on the South Asian region.
1: : Food Security and Human Development: A Conceptual Framework
2: : Food Security in India: A Critical Analysis
3: : Food Security in Pakistan: Issues and Choices
4: : Food Security in Bangladesh: Challenges and Response
5: : Gender Dimension of Food Security
6: : Impact of Climate Change on Food Security in South Asia
7: : Global Commitments to Food Security
Human Development Indicators for South Asia
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