The World Food Problem

Toward Understanding and Ending Undernutrition in the Developing World

Author: Howard D. Leathers,Phillips Foster

Publisher: Lynn Reinner Publishers

ISBN: 9781626374515

Category: Food supply

Page: 457

View: 9831

¿Why are there still approximately 1 billion people who do not have food security? This excellent book ... gives the facts, explains the causes and suggests mitigating policies.¿ ¿Richard Strange, Food Security ¿An important addition to the reading list for economic courses on the world food problem.¿ ¿Roland Herrmann, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics ¿A fine book, which should be widely adopted as a text for world food courses.¿ ¿George J. Viksnins, Journal of Developing Areas The fifth edition of The World Food Problem reflects nearly a decade of new research on the causes and potential solutions to the problems of producing and distributing food in developing countries. With extensively updated data and new case studies throughout, this edition includes new or expanded discussions of such issues as: ¿ genetically modified food ¿ the impact of climate change ¿ the quality of agricultural land and water ¿ the significance of globalization ¿ implications of changes in demographic policy, such as the reversal of China¿s ¿one-child rule¿ The result is an accessible, comprehensive text, as well as a provocative assessment of prospects for the future.

The World Food Problem

Tackling the Causes of Undernutrition in the Third World

Author: Phillips Foster,Howard D. Leathers

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 411

View: 2796

This second edition of The World Food Problem incorporates an up-to-date description of the state of world food supply and demand, as well as an assessment of prospects for the future. Recognizing that millions of people in the less-developed countries continue to go hungry, while there is more than enough food in the world to feed them, the authors tackle the question of why and what can be done about it. Integrating knowledge from many disciplines (agronomy, economics, nutrition, anthropology, demography, geography, health science, and public policy analysis), this highly readable and comprehensive text provides a combination of information and explanation designed specifically to be used in the undergraduate classroom.

Beginning to End Hunger

Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Beyond

Author: M. Jahi Chappell

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520293088

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 2489

Beginning to End Hunger presents the story of Belo Horizonte, home to 2.5 million people and the site of one of the world’s most successful city-run food security programs. Since its Municipal Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security was founded in 1993, Belo Horizonte has sharply reduced malnutrition, leading it to serve as an inspiration for Brazil’s renowned Zero Hunger programs. The secretariat’s work with local family farmers shows how food security, rural livelihoods, and healthy ecosystems can be supported together. While inevitably imperfect, Belo Horizonte offers a vision of a path away from food system dysfunction, unsustainability, and hunger. In this convincing case study, M. Jahi Chappell establishes the importance of holistic approaches to food security, suggests how to design successful policies to end hunger, and lays out strategies for enacting policy change. With these tools, we can take the next steps toward achieving similar reductions in hunger and food insecurity elsewhere in the developed and developing worlds.

The Emergent Agriculture

Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy

Author: Gary Kleppel

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550925776

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

View: 8477

Local, diverse and resilient – the new culture of food

The Atlas of World Hunger

Author: Thomas J. Bassett,Alex Winter-Nelson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226039080

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 1241

Earlier this year, President Obama declared one of his top priorities to be “making sure that people are able to get enough to eat.” The United States spends about five billion dollars on food aid and related programs each year, but still, both domestically and internationally, millions of people are hungry. In 2006, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations counted 850 million hungry people worldwide, but as food prices soared, an additional 100 million or more who were vulnerable succumbed to food insecurity. If hunger were simply a matter of food production, no one would go without. There is more than enough food produced annually to provide every living person with a healthy diet, yet so many suffer from food shortages, unsafe water, and malnutrition every year. That’s because hunger is a complex political, economic, and ecological phenomenon. The interplay of these forces produces a geography of hunger that Thomas J. Bassett and Alex Winter-Nelson illuminate in this empowering book. The Atlas of World Hunger uses a conceptual framework informed by geography and agricultural economics to present a hunger index that combines food availability, household access, and nutritional outcomes into a single tool—one that delivers a fuller understanding of the scope of global hunger, its underlying mechanisms, and the ways in which the goals for ending hunger can be achieved. The first depiction of the geography of hunger worldwide, the Atlas will be an important resource for teachers, students, and anyone else interested in understanding the geography and causes of hunger. This knowledge, the authors argue, is a critical first step toward eliminating unnecessary suffering in a world of plenty.

How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World?

A Scorecard from 1900 to 2050

Author: Bjørn Lomborg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107292433

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 563

There are often blanket claims that the world is facing more problems than ever but there is a lack of empirical data to show where things have deteriorated or in fact improved. In this book, some of the world's leading economists discuss ten problems that have blighted human development, ranging from malnutrition, education, and climate change, to trade barriers and armed conflicts. Costs of the problems are quantified in percent of GDP, giving readers a unique opportunity to understand the development of each problem over the past century and the likely development into the middle of this century, and to compare the size of the challenges. For example: how bad was air pollution in 1900? How has it deteriorated and what about the future? Did climate change cost more than malnutrition in 2010? This pioneering initiative to provide answers to many of these questions will undoubtedly spark debate amongst a wide readership.

Food Security Governance

Empowering Communities, Regulating Corporations

Author: Nora McKeon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134695683

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 3531

This book fills a gap in the literature by setting food security in the context of evolving global food governance. Today’s food system generates hunger alongside of food waste, burgeoning health problems, massive greenhouse gas emissions. Applying food system analysis to review how the international community has addressed food issues since World War II, this book proceeds to explain how actors link up in corporate global food chains and in the local food systems that feed most of the world’s population. It unpacks relevant paradigms – from productivism to food sovereignty – and highlights the significance of adopting a rights-based approach to solving food problems. The author describes how communities around the world are protecting their access to resources and building better ways of producing and accessing food, and discusses the reformed Committee on World Food Security, a uniquely inclusive global policy forum, and how it could be supportive of efforts from the base. The book concludes by identifying terrains on which work is needed to adapt the practice of the democratic public sphere and accountable governance to a global dimension and extend its authority to the world of markets and corporations. This book will be of interest to students of food security, global governance, development studies and critical security studies in general.

School Health, Nutrition and Education for All

Levelling the Playing Field

Author: Matthew C. H. Jukes,Lesley J. Drake,Donald A. P. Bundy

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1845933117

Category: Medical

Page: 145

View: 578

This book contains 7 chapters. The following topics are discussed: case for school health and nutrition; challenges for child health and nutrition (infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies); health, nutrition and access to education; long-term effects of preschool health and nutrition on educational achievement; health, nutrition and educational achievement of school age children; costs and benefits of school health and nutrition interventions; and school health and nutrition programmes.

World Hunger

12 Myths

Author: Frances Moore Lappé,Joseph Collins,Peter Rosset,Institute for Food and Development Policy (Oakland, Calif.)

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802135919

Category: Political Science

Page: 270

View: 5459

A revised and updated edition draws on extensive research to expose the myths regarding world hunger, examining the policies and politics that have kept hungry people from feeding themselves around the world, in both Third and First World countries. Original.

Looking Ahead in World Food and Agriculture

Perspectives to 2050

Author: Piero Conforti

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org


Category: Education

Page: 539

View: 7994

In 2009 FAO organised a Forum and a High-level Expert Meeting on 'How to feed the World in 2050'. This book provides vital statistics and includes valuable papers coming out of the meeting. Several aspects of the perspectives for global agriculture are analysed and FAO s projections for the years to come are given. Macroeconomic indicators are explained and how these underpin the poverty levels in the 2050 horizon.

Towards Zero Hunger - 1945-2030

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

ISBN: 9789251094358


Page: 256

View: 5766

This book shows that, acting together, we can achieve "zero hunger" by 2030. It showcases a unique collection of images documenting how the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has long been there - in the fields, in the mountains, on the oceans, in the heat and dust, in the cold and wet - helping people to survive, progress and prosper. Since 1945, FAO, the UN's first agency, has played a leading role in combating hunger worldwide. This book gives readers an authentic picture of the Organization's activities from its pioneering early years through to today, with early images in black and white later giving way to colour.

Rebuilding the Foodshed

How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems

Author: Philip Ackerman-Leist

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584242

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

View: 9740

Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home—and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made "local food" into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest darling of food trendsters. But now it's time to take the conversation to the next level. That's exactly what Philip Ackerman-Leist does in Rebuilding the Foodshed, in which he refocuses the local-food lens on the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands affordably and sustainably, and be resilient enough to endure potentially rough times ahead. Changing our foodscapes raises a host of questions. How far away is local? How do you decide the size and geography of a regional foodshed? How do you tackle tough issues that plague food systems large and small—issues like inefficient transportation, high energy demands, and rampant food waste? How do you grow what you need with minimum environmental impact? And how do you create a foodshed that's resilient enough if fuel grows scarce, weather gets more severe, and traditional supply chains are hampered? Showcasing some of the most promising, replicable models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food, this book points the reader toward the next stages of the food revolution. It also covers the full landscape of the burgeoning local-food movement, from rural to suburban to urban, and from backyard gardens to large-scale food enterprises.

The First 1,000 Days

A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World

Author: Roger Thurow

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610395867

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

View: 8813

"Your child can achieve great things." A few years ago, pregnant women in four corners of the world heard those words and hoped they could be true. Among them were Esther Okwir in rural Uganda, where the infant mortality rate is among the highest in the world; Jessica Saldana, a high school student in a violence-scarred Chicago neighborhood; Shyamkali, the mother of four girls in a low-caste village in India; and Maria Estella, in Guatemala's western highlands, where most people are riddled with parasites and moms can rarely afford the fresh vegetables they farm. Greatness? It was an audacious thought, given their circumstances. But they had new cause to be hopeful: they were participating in an unprecedented international initiative designed to transform their lives, the lives of their children, and ultimately the world. The 1,000 Days movement, a response to recent, devastating food crises and new research on the economic and social costs of childhood hunger and stunting, is focused on providing proper nutrition during the first 1,000 days of children's lives, beginning with their mother's pregnancy. Proper nutrition during these days can profoundly influence an individual's ability to grow, learn, and work-and determine a society's long-term health and prosperity. In this inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking book, Roger Thurow takes us into the lives of families on the forefront of the movement to illuminate the science, economics, and politics of malnutrition, charting the exciting progress of this global effort and the formidable challenges it still faces: economic injustice, disease, lack of education and sanitation, misogyny, and corruption.

Food Policy for Developing Countries

The Role of Government in Global, National, and Local Food Systems

Author: Per Pinstrup-Andersen,Derrill D. Watson II

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801448182

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 400

View: 4334

A "social entrepreneurship" approach to food policy analysis that calls on a wide variety of disciplines (economics, nutrition, sociology, anthropology, environmental science, medicine, and geography).

Hungry Capital

The Financialization of Food

Author: Luigi Russi

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780997701

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 173

View: 3213

Over the past thirty years, the ability of global finance to affect aspects of everyday life has been increasing at an unprecedented rate. The world of food bears vivid testimony to this tendency, through the scars opened by the 2008 world food price crisis, the iron fist of retailing giants that occupy the supply chain and the unsustainable ecological footprint left behind by global production networks. Hungry Capital offers a rigorous analysis of the influence that financial imperatives exert on the food economy at different levels: from the direct use of edible commodities as an object of speculation to the complex food chains set up by manufacturers and supermarkets. It argues that the circular compulsion to build profits upon profits that global finance injects into the world of food restructures the basic nurturing relationship between man and nature into a streamlined process from which value has to be mined. The end result is a monstrous Leviathan that holds together while – at every step – risks to crumble.

Equity and Growth in a Globalizing World

Author: Ravi Kanbur,Michael Spence

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821381816

Category: Political Science

Page: 334

View: 9975

Prepared by the Commission on Growth and Development, this volume brings together and evaluates the state of knowledge on the relationship between poverty, equity, and globalization.

Encyclopedia of Food Grains

Author: Colin W Wrigley,Harold Corke,Koushik Seetharaman,Jonathan Faubion

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0123947863

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1976

View: 6528

The Encyclopedia of Food Grains is an in-depth and authoritative reference covering all areas of grain science. Coverage includes everything from the genetics of grains to the commercial, economic and social aspects of this important food source. Also covered are the biology and chemistry of grains, the applied aspects of grain production and the processing of grains into various food and beverage products. With the paramount role of cereals as a global food source, this Encyclopedia is sure to become the standard reference work in the field of science. Also available online via ScienceDirect – featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit Written from an international perspective the Encyclopedia concentrates on the food uses of grains, but details are also provided about the wider roles of grains Well organized and accessible, it is the ideal resource for students, researchers and professionals seeking an authoritative overview on any particular aspect of grain science This second edition has four print volumes which provides over 200 articles on food grains Includes extensive cross-referencing and "Further Reading" lists at the end of each article for deeper exploration into the topic This edition also includes useful items for students and teachers alike, with Topic Highlights, Learning objectives, Exercises for Revision and exercises to explore the topic further

Soils in Our Environment

Author: Duane T. Gardiner,Raymond W. Miller

Publisher: Prentice Hall


Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 641

View: 2243

This introduction to soil sciences covers traditional and recent topics, such as taxonomy, soil formation, precision agriculture, and GIS and GPS. New topics covered for this edition include tillage erosion, the phosphorous index, and organic farming. To encourage interest, there is new material on

Ending Malnutrition

From Commitment to Action

Author: Jomo Kwame Sundaram,Vikas Rawal,Michael T. Clark

Publisher: Tulika Books

ISBN: 9789382381648

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 4444

In November 2014, representatives from over 170 governments, together with leaders of inter-governmental organizations and civil society - including non-governmental organizations, researchers, the private sector, and consumer representatives - converged in Rome for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). ICN2 was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to mobilize and unite the international community for the protracted struggle against malnutrition. The conference and its preparatory process provided a forum in which the world community, led by governments, affirmed its shared commitment to eradicating malnutrition by adopting the Rome Declaration and reaching agreement on a comprehensive, harmonized Framework for Action. Ending Malnutrition: From Commitment to Action aims to make available the insights and judgments that emerged from ICN2 to practitioners across the world. It begins with a review of current evidence on the prevalence and incidence of malnutrition across the globe. It then presents analyses of the most salient policy issues to be confronted in a concerted global effort to end malnutrition: strengthening food systems as the core of a sustainable nutrition strategy; promoting social protection to address underlying inequities as well as immediate needs that contribute to malnutrition; using fortification and supplementation, especially, to address micronutrient deficiencies; and ensuring improved access to water and sanitation for an effective nutrition strategy. A concluding chapter focuses on the indispensable role that multilateral institutions can play in accelerating and sustaining global momentum on nutrition, and to secure a place for nutrition at the forefront of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Throughout, the emphasis is on practical steps that can be taken by governments and their partners to end malnutrition in all its forms.