Poverty, food security, and nutrition in Central Asia: a case study of the Kyrgyz Republic uri icon

abstract

  • This paper attempts to provide insights into poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition in Central Asia in the period following independence, and presents the available evidence from household-level data in the Kyrgyz Republic. It finds that although some improvement has been made in recent years, significant levels of poverty, food insecurity, and child malnutrition still exist. The paper argues that, in the short run, efforts should be made to protect vulnerable groups by investing in information generation and building capacity to design and implement food security and nutrition policies and programs. Increasing the speed of policy reforms and investment in productivity-enhancing agricultural research and rural infrastructure are fundamental for long-tem sustainable development in Central Asia. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 2000
  • 2000