Food Security and Political Stability in Tajikistan

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 the 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. 

Vij Books
  • Pages: 284
  • 9788193759134 • HARDBACK • Sep 2018 • Rs.995
  • 9788193759158 • EBOOK • Oct 2018 • Rs.695
  • Subjects: Tajikistan, Food Issue, Politics
  • Food Security and Political Stability in Tajikistan
author details

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’. 

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