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Frontiers of Earth Science

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 157–166 | Cite as

Grain production trends in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan: New opportunities in an increasingly unstable world?

  • Elena Lioubimtseva
  • Geoffrey M. Henebry
Research Article

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.

Keywords

Russia Ukraine Kazakhstan food security global change grain production 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geography and Planning Department and Environmental Studies ProgramGrand Valley State UniversityAllendaleUSA
  2. 2.Geographic Information Science Center of ExcellenceSouth Dakota State UniversityBrookingsUSA

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