Priorities and capacity of food policy in Mongolia: The dilemma between ambitions reality

Baast, Erdenebolor and van de Fliert, Elske (2013). Priorities and capacity of food policy in Mongolia: The dilemma between ambitions reality. In J. Ram Pillarisetti, Roger Lawrey and Azman Ahmad (Ed.), Multifunctional agriculture, ecology and food security: International perspectives (pp. 225-244) New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

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Author Baast, Erdenebolor
van de Fliert, Elske
Title of chapter Priorities and capacity of food policy in Mongolia: The dilemma between ambitions reality
Title of book Multifunctional agriculture, ecology and food security: International perspectives
Place of Publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Nova Science Publishers
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
Year available 2013
Series Global Agriculture Developments
ISBN 9781626182943
1626182949
9781626183216
Editor J. Ram Pillarisetti
Roger Lawrey
Azman Ahmad
Chapter number 16
Start page 225
End page 244
Total pages 20
Total chapters 23
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Food security is increasingly gaining the attention of researchers and policy makers around the globe, given the expected world population of nine billion by 2050. Effective development and implementation mechanisms of food policy are required for elimination and prevention of food insecurity in developing countries. This chapter aims to give an overview of food policy capacity in Mongolia, and consists of a brief discussion of the trends in agricultural production, an overview of policies related to food security, and the results of a study among major institutions involved in food policy development and implementation. The study revealed an imbalanced priority setting in the food policy of the Mongolian government and recommends shifting the target from export-oriented production increases in the crop sector to food security among the rural poor, which consists of pastoral herders in the majority. Further, the study confirmed substantial shortcomings in food policy research capacity due to the inadequate recognition of food policy research as an essential component of policy making. This is attributed to the lack of funds for food policy research. The current perception is that food policy research is embedded in common fields of economic or agricultural research rather than an independent field of research in itself. The chapter concludes that, without a perception change on the importance of policy research as an independent field of study, any attempts to improve food policy research capacity might fail. This is due to the risk of losing focus, as other concepts that policymakers are more familiar with will get their attention and, hence, the allocation of funds. Therefore, the most effective approach of improving food policy research in Mongolia might be to establish a new institution that introduces the concept and demonstrates that food policy research is as important as the other areas of food and agricultural research, thus worth funding by the government.
Keyword Agriculture
Food policy
Food policy research.
Food security
Vulnerability
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