August 31, 2015

South Korea


SouthKorea-threshold-2016Score: 64

South Korea has experienced rapid industrialization resulting in a decline in agriculture.

Food insecurity in South Korea is rooted in its heavy reliance on food importation and price volatility of staple foods. Food security policies have focused externally on establishing overseas grain production and securing alternative channels for grain importation.

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Areas for Improvement

There are concrete goals policy makers can work towards to improve food security in South Korea:

  • South Korea performs worst in the Farm-Level rubric, therefore efforts to improve food security in South Korea should focus on this rubric
  • Increasing investment in the agriculture sector is an achievable policy goal that would reduce South Korea’s heavy reliance on imports
  • South Korea’s low vulnerability to the effects of climate change positions it well in terms of food security

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