The Eurasian Wheat Belt and Food Security

Global and Regional Aspects

  • Sergio Gomez y Paloma
  • Sébastien Mary
  • Stephen Langrell
  • Pavel Ciaian

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Commercial and Institutional Framework of the Eurasian Wheat Belt Region

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pavel Ciaian, Sergio Gomez y Paloma, Sébastien Mary, Stephen Langrell
      Pages 3-13
    3. Natalya Shagaida, Zvi Lerman
      Pages 33-50
    4. Kateryna G. Schroeder, William H. Meyers
      Pages 51-63
  3. The Role of Agricultural Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Volodymyr Pugachov, Nikolay Pugachov
      Pages 67-80
    3. Vasiliy Uzun, Zvi Lerman
      Pages 81-101
  4. The Future of Grain Production and Export

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Michiel A. Keyzer, Max D. Merbis, Alex N. Halsema, Valeriy Heyets, Olena Borodina, Ihor Prokopa
      Pages 141-154
    3. István Fehér, József Lehota, Zoltán Lakner, Zoltán Kende, Csaba Bálint, Szergej Vinogradov et al.
      Pages 177-194
    4. Ivan Stanchin, Zvi Lerman
      Pages 215-228
  5. A Neighbouring and Global Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. William M. Liefert, Olga Liefert
      Pages 231-245
    3. H. Holly Wang, Kim Ha
      Pages 259-273
    4. Amarnath Tripathi, Ashok K. Mishra
      Pages 275-296
    5. Pavel Ciaian, Sergio Gomez y Paloma, Sébastien Mary, Stephen Langrell
      Pages 297-319

About this book


This book provides an in-depth analysis of the wheat production developments in the Eurasian region and assesses the potential contribution of the region to domestic and international food security. In particular, the book covers policy and institutional developments of the agricultural sector in Eurasia with a special focus on the horizontal issues relevant to the current and future potential growth of the wheat production, such as land policy, credit and finance, privatization, farm restructuring, and environmental challenges.

Global food security is a major societal concern in the light of an increasing population, which is projected to grow from around 7 billion today to almost 10 billion in 2050. Two most likely ways to achieve the much needed food production growth are: expansion of land cultivation or increase in crop yields and total factor productivity. The only region with a significant amount of uncultivated arable land that is at the same time experiencing rising agricultural productivity is the “Eurasian wheat belt,” comprising of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and the Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kirgizstan). This makes the region a potential hotspot for driving the future growth of global agriculture. Such prospects require a detailed investigation of Eurasia’s future perspectives in terms of food production (with a focus on wheat) and its potential contribution to regional and global food security.


Food security Wheat Eurasia Agrarian reforms Productivity growth

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergio Gomez y Paloma
    • 1
  • Sébastien Mary
    • 2
  • Stephen Langrell
    • 3
  • Pavel Ciaian
    • 4
  1. 1.European CommissionJoint Research CentreSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.European CommissionJoint Research CentreSevilleSpain
  4. 4.European CommissionJoint Research CentreSevilleSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33238-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33239-0
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