Agro-Export Specialization and Food Security in a Sub-National Context: The Case of Colombian Cut Flowers

Publication Type: 
Volume: 
3
Number: 
2
Page Numbers: 
279-294
Published On: 
2010

Export-oriented development is largely premised on the spread and intensification of non-traditional agricultural exports (NTAEs) destined for northern markets. While developing countries have become leading suppliers of NTAEs, there has been limited attention to the impacts of agro-export specialization on food security at the sub-national scale. This article examines the impact of agro-export specialization on food security in flower-producing municipalities in the savanna of Bogotá region in Colombia1. I argue that current trends in domestic food production at the regional and municipal scales and purchasing power of individual households associated with trade liberalization and NTAEs pose a threat to food security at the sub-national scale.