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Impact of Food Production on Consumer Protection and Agricultural Labour Force in South Asia: A Panel Data Analysis

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SP Jayasooriya

Junior Researcher, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, LK
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The paper explores the impact of food production index (FPI) on consumer price index (CPI) of food, agricultural labor force (ALF) and rural-urban, agriculture-non agriculture populations in South Asia (SA). Although the food production in South Asian region has increased, food prices are also escalating dramatically. The issue has a dual economic impact as consumers lose and producers gain. The situation is undesirable when net consumers outweigh the net producers in a particular country. Secondary data gathered from FAOSTAT database during 2000 to 2005 were used for empirical analysis. The empirical results of the two models employed revealed that random effect test is more appropriate for the estimation. The results imply that consumer protection, CPI, and ALF are country specific determinants for food production and therefore food policy reforms can protect consumers without loosing agricultural population or labour in the region.

Key Words: Agricultural Labour Force, Consumer Price Index, Food production, Panel Data Analysis, South Asia

Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(1) July 2009

How to Cite: Jayasooriya, S., 2010. Impact of Food Production on Consumer Protection and Agricultural Labour Force in South Asia: A Panel Data Analysis. Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(1).
Published on 09 Dec 2010.
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