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A review of food security and the potentials to develop spatially informed food policies in Bangladesh


Ara, I and OstendorF, B, A review of food security and the potentials to develop spatially informed food policies in Bangladesh, Earth Systems and Environment, 1 Article 19. ISSN 2509-9426 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Springer International Publishing AG 2017

DOI: doi:10.1007/s41748-017-0021-y


Background: Food security globally depends primarily on three components: food availability, food access, and food utilization. Regional variations of these components may affect food security via spatial differences in natural, social or economic conditions and the interaction of these in a complex environmental system.

Purpose: It is important to understand the regional variation of food security, particularly where and under what natural and socio-economic circumstances people become vulnerable to low food security in a country.

Methods: This article provides an overview of food security in Bangladesh in terms of the three main components, identifies knowledge gaps in present food security research, reviews possible impacts of climate change on food security, and sourced a wide range of spatio-temporal data relevant for food security.

Results: The study highlights potentials and indicates different processes to develop spatially informed food policies in a country, particularly focuses on Bangladesh. This will contribute to improved food security by considering regional food security conditions, region-specific deficits, climate change, other future risks, and devises actions related to the respective components.

Conclusion: The study concludes that different processes can provide a foundation for policy development and these will advance research-policy linkage to improved food security.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Bangladesh, food security, food availability, food access, food utilization, climate change, policy
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural spatial analysis and modelling
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable information and communication services
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ara, I (Dr Iffat Ara)
ID Code:131308
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2019-03-12
Last Modified:2019-04-26

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