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Agriculture, Inclusive Growth and National Stability

Adesoji Adelaja

No 235909, 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, Boston, Massachusetts from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Abstract: Several studies have examined the causes and consequences of major national security problems, especially terrorism, which has become a major challenge across the globe. Other studies have examined terrorists target behavior. While food security is widely accepted as an important element of national security, few studies, if any, have explored the nexus between both. By focusing on terrorism and using the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria as a case study, this paper explores three dimensions of the food-national security nexus. First, it presents a conceptual framework to explain food security as a root cause of terrorism. Second, it presents a conceptual and a theoretical framework for explaining why and how terrorists target agriculture and food security and presents empirical evidence to support a number of related hypotheses. Third, it presents yet another conceptual framework for explaining the consequences of terrorism and explores several effects on agriculture and food security. The paper concludes by presenting important reasons why the nexus between food security and national security should be more aptly investigated and discusses the benefits of such investigation.

Keywords: Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Food Security and Poverty; Institutional and Behavioral Economics; International Development; Public Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.235909

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