Policies for Improved Food Security in Bhutan

Agricultural and Food Policy Research Capacity Strengthening Project
July 1, 2010

Bhutan has made strides towards achieving food security over the past two decades. Its experiences shed light on the merits of food self-sufficiency as a strategy, so the Royal Government of Bhutan, IFPRI, and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation are assembling a broad array of stakeholders in the capital, Thimpu, on July 2 to examine the evidence. The “Agricultural and Food Policy Research and Capacity Building” workshop will focus on research findings that address six critical questions, each outlined in a newly-released summary report. These include:

Food demand
Agricultural commercialization and diversification
Agricultural trade
Technology adoption and productivity
Food security and food self-sufficiency in Bhutan
Achieving rice self sufficiency