Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/109484
Authors: 
Brooks, Douglas
Ferrarini, Benno
Go, Eugenia
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
ADB Economics Working Paper Series 367
Abstract: 
We analyze the relationship between food security and trade, focusing on food importers' exposure to sudden market failures from relying on a narrow range of international suppliers. We compute a bilateral import penetration index (BIPI), which gauges the degree to which a country depends on another for food imports. Food trade maps are drawn by the application of a force-directed algorithm that sorts through computed BIPIs and maps the nodes corresponding to the strength of bilateral ties between country pairs, thereby showing importers' vulnerabilities to disruptions in bilateral channels. Results suggest that measures aimed at diversifying supply sources reduce vulnerability.
Subjects: 
food security
trade
bilateral trade
agriculture
agriculture trade
JEL: 
F13
Q17
Q18
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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