Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability

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EditorChristopher B. Barrett

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Global food price spikes in 2008 and again in 2011 coincided with a surge of political unrest in low- and middle-income countries. Angry consumers took to the streets in scores of nations. In some places, food riots turned violent, pressuring governments and in a few cases contributed to theiroverthrow. Foreign investors sparked a new global land rush, adding a different set of pressures. With scientists cautioning that the world has entered a new era of steadily rising food prices, perhaps aggravated by climate change, the specter of widespread food insecurity and sociopoliticalinstability weighs on policymakers worldwide. In the past few years, governments and philanthropic foundations began redoubling efforts to resuscitate agricultural research and technology transfer, as well as to accelerate the modernization of food value chains to deliver high quality foodinexpensively, faster, and in greater volumes to urban consumers. But will these efforts suffice? This volume explores the complex relationship between food security and sociopolitical stability up to roughly 2025. Organized around a series of original essays by leading global technical experts, a key message of this volume is that actions taken in an effort to address food security stressorsmay have consequences for food security, stability, or both that ultimately matter far more than the direct impacts of biophysical drivers such as climate or land or water scarcity. The means by which governments, firms, and private philanthropies tackle the food security challenge of the comingdecade will fundamentally shape the relationship between food security and sociopolitical stability.

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Global food price spikes in 2008 and again in 2011 coincided with a surge of political unrest in low- and middle-income countries. Angry consumers took to the streets in scores of nations. In some places, food riots turned violent, pressuring governments and in a few cases contributed to theiroverthrow. Foreign investors sparked a new ...

Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management as well as Professor in the Department of Economics at Cornell University where he also serves as the Director of the Cornell In...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198758901

ISBN - 13:9780198758907

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Table of Contents

1. Christopher B. Barrett: Food or Consequences: Food Security and Its Implications for Global Sociopolitical Stability2. Mark W. Rosegrant, Simla Tokgoz, and Prapti Bhandary: The Future of the Global Food Economy3. Mark A. Cane and Dong Eun Lee: What Do We Know about the Climate of the Next Decade?4. Klaus Deininger: The Global Land Rush5. Upmanu Lall: Global Freshwater and Food Security in the Face of Potential Adversity6. Timothy R. McClanahan, Eddie H. Allison, and Joshua E. Cinner: Managing Marine Resources for Food and Human Security7. Susan McCouch and Samuel Crowell: Crop Technologies for the Coming Decade8. John McDermott, Dolapo Enahoro, and Mario Herrero: Livestock Futures to 20209. Robert McLeman: Labor Migration and Food Security in a Changing Climate10. Kym Anderson: Trade Policies and Global Food Security11. Daniel Maxwell: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability: A Humanitarian Perspective12. Wendy Wolford and Ryan Nehring: Moral Economies of Food Security and Protest in Latin America13. Christopher B. Barrett and Joanna B. Upton: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa14. Travis J. Lybbert and Heather R. Morgan: Lessons from the Arab Spring: Food Security and Stability in the Middle East and North Africa15. Johan Swinnen and Kristine Van Herck: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability in Eastern Europe and Central Asia16. Arun Agrawal: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability in South Asia17. Luc Christiaensen: When China Runs Out of Farmers18. C. Peter Timmer: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability in East and Southeast Asia

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"This volume is accessible to a wide range of audiences and will be of value to policy analysts, policy makers, economists, other social scientists, and those interested in the serious analysis and moral implications of both food security and socio-political stability." --M. J. Frost, Choice, May 2014