Water Resources Availability, National Food Security Strategies and Farmers' Reactions in Darab, Iran

Dehnavi, Sudeh

kassel university press, ISBN: 978-3-86219-818-4, 2015, 317 Pages
(International Rural Development 5)

URN: urn:nbn:de:0002-38193

DOI: 10.19211/KUP9783862198191

Zugl.: Kassel, Univ., Diss. 2014

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Content: Water scarcity is threatening food security in many countries, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. At the same time, the attainment of national food autarky is an essential goal for the governments of these countries, which implies critical effects on long-term water availability in the farm sector. Focusing on the Darab region of Iran, the research presented in this volume demonstrates how short-term oriented government strategies - in the form of policy measures such as low-interest credit, crop insurance schemes, and a minimum guaranteed purchase price - may jeopardize the country's long-term food security by accelareating the depletion of its water resources. These policies run counter to a sustainable use of groundwater resources, pointing to an obvious conflict between Iran's food self-sufficiency strategies and the country's long-term food security.

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