Title

Grain Production Trends in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan: New Opportunities in Increasingly Unstable World?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2012

Keywords

Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, food security, global change, grain production

Abstract

Grain production in the countries of the former USSR sharply declined during the past two decades and has only recently started to recover. In the context of the current economic and food-price crisis, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan might be presented with a window of opportunity to reemerge on the global agricultural market, if they succeed in increasing their productivity. The future of their agriculture, however, is highly sensitive to a combination of internal and external factors, such as institutional changes, land-use changes, climate variability and change, and global economic trends. The future of this region’s grain production is likely to have a significant impact on the global and regional food security over the next decades.

Publication Title

Frontiers of Earth Science

Volume

6

Issue

2

First Page

157

Last Page

166

DOI of Published Version

10.1007/s11707-012-0318-y

Publisher

SP Higher Education Press

Rights

© Springer International Publishing AG