Economic Aspects of Food Security in Ukrainian Meat and Milk Clusters

DOI 10.7160/aol.2017.090308
No 3/2017, September
pp. 81-92

Vasylieva, V. (2017) “Economic Aspects of Food Security in Ukrainian Meat and Milk Clusters ", AGRISon-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 81 - 92. ISSN 1804-1930. DOI 10.7160/aol.2017.090308.


The goal of the article was to accomplish mathematical estimations of the misbalances and calculate available reserves in providing food security by meat and milk. This issue has considerable economic and social values that imply maintaining agrarians’ welfare and people’s health. The disproportions in meat and milk clusters have been analyzed by means of Lorenz curves and inequality indicators – Hoover and Theil indices, Gini coefficient, and also 20:20 Ratio. It has been grounded that increasing animal productivity and wholesale prices for meat and milk, as well as reducing their retail prices and raising solvency of population would be the essential reserves in supporting food security in the agricultural clusters. The proposed model of defining interregional clusters has made possible to identify the priority options of providing food security and balancing meat and milk supply and demand. All the offered developments and recommendations have been verified at Ukrainian meat and milk clusters.


Food security; meat and milk clusters; indicators of misbalances; production and consumption; productivity and profitability; prices and solvency; cluster model.


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