Trade Liberalization and Food Security: The Case of Bolivia after the Structural Reforms of 1985
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
This research shows the relationship between trade liberalization and food security for the Bolivian case. As a result of the severe economic crisis of the early-1980s, Bolivia adopted a series of market-oriented reforms in 1985. The reforms included the liberalization of the trade regime and the promotion of non-traditional exports. The trade liberalization had an important effect on the performance of cash crops, especially in the development of the soybeans industry. However, foodcrops did not have such a great dynamics. Vegetables and starchy roots declined in per capita terms and the increase in imports were not enough to compensate the decline. Trade reforms mostly favor a small group of large-scale farmers in the lowlands, who had historically been granted land in the region. In this sense, Bolivia’s involvement in a trade liberalization process was not reflected in an overall improvement of the country’s food security.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 81 p.
Bolivia, food security, trade liberalization, economic reforms
Economic History Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-36892DiVA: diva2:290951
2009-08-28, Stockholm University, 00:00 (English)
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law