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Food Security and Political Stability in Tajikistan

Author:
Kumar, Dr. Raj

ISBN:
978 81 937591 3 4
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
288
List price(s):
35.00 GBP

Publication date:
1 August 2018

Short description: 

There are links between food security and political stability as was evident during the world food crisis of 2007-08. Food riots were witnessed in a number of countries contributing to political instability. This book is an attempt to fill the academic void on Tajikistan, especially pertaining to its food security.

Full description: 

There are links between food security and political stability as was evident during the world food crisis of 2007-08. Food riots were witnessed in a number of countries contributing to political instability. There are a number of dimensions to the problem of food insecurity in Tajikistan. This book is an attempt to fill the academic void on Tajikistan, especially pertaining to its food security. This work traces the history of agriculture and food production in Tajikistan from mid-19th century when it came under Russian rule. From its inception, Tajikistan has been facing the `geographic handicap' as it is a mountainous country and only 7 percent of the total land is arable which limits its food production. This book is a detailed study of how Soviet economic geography introduced intensive cotton cultivation in Tajikistan at the expense of food crops. Soviet economic planners felt that a region with a hot climate and large water resources should not attempt to grow grains but cotton. In the contemporary context, this book focuses on how the state and international actors have responded to the food insecurity in Tajikistan. Most importantly, the book also analyses the relationship between food security and political stability in Tajikistan.

Table of contents: 

Preface, List of Abbreviations, Chapter 1 Introduction Food Security - Background And Future Challenges, Chapter 2 Food Security: A Theoretical Framework Introduction `Widening' Security Paradigm and Human Security in International Relations, Chapter 3 Agriculture and Food Security Situation in Soviet Tajikistan, Chapter 4 State Response to Food Security Problem in Post-Soviet Period, Chapter 5 International Response to Food Security in Tajikistan, Chapter 6 Conclusion, References, Index

Biography: 

Dr Raj Kumar Sharma is an Academic Associate at the Department of Political Science, IGNOU, New Delhi. He holds a PhD degree from Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was earlier a Research Fellow at the United Service Institution of India (USI), New Delhi. He has contributed to different projects on Afghanistan, China and Bangladesh for Integrated Defense Staff (IDS), Ministry of Defense. He is also a contributing writer for the Nikkei Asian Review (Japan) and has earlier taught Political Science at Maitreyi College, University of Delhi. He has also worked as a Journalist with the Press Trust of India, New Delhi. He is co-editor of the book `Strategic Balance in the Indo-Pacific Region: Challenges and Prospects'.

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