In this paper, a recursive-dynamic CGE model is used to analyze forces that drive food self-sufficiency in Tunisia up to 2019, including domestic policies. We explore the impact of two policies, agricultural liberalization and increased government spending to raise yields, as well as the role of increased urbanization. Our results indicate the presence of trade-offs between the government goals of food self-sufficiency and improved welfare for both rural and urban households. The results for a scenario that combines liberalization, increased government spending on agriculture, and accelerated urbanization shows a stronger performance in terms of both self-sufficiency and welfare objectives.
Abdelbasset Chemingui, M. and Dessus, S. (2003), "Food security in tunisia: Trends and policy options", Food, Agriculture, and Economic Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (Research in Middle East Economics, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 187-207. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1094-5334(03)05012-X
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