CitationLiefert, William (2004). Food security in Russia: economic growth and rising incomes are reducing insecurity. Food Security Assessment/GFA-15/.
AbstractRussia’s food security problem is not inadequate availability of food.
Although production and consumption of livestock products have dropped substantially during the transition period following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, total
caloric availability per capita per day in 1999 was only 3 percent lower than at the start of the reform process in 1992. The main food security problem is inadequate
access to food by certain socioeconomic groups, which lack sufficient purchasing power to afford a minimally healthy diet. However, the country’s improved macroeconomic performance since 1999, with gross domestic product growing at an average annual rate of about 6 percent, has reduced poverty, and thereby the number of
food insecure households. A serious food-related health problem is in fact over-weight and obesity, which have increased during transition and currently affect over half the adult population.