The Evolving Sphere of Food Security

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EditorRosamond L. Naylor

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Hundreds of millions of people still suffer from chronic hunger and food insecurity despite sufficient levels of global food production. The poor's inability to afford adequate diets remains the biggest constraint to solving hunger, but the dynamics of global food insecurity are complex anddemand analysis that extends beyond the traditional domains of economics and agriculture. How do the policies used to promote food security in one country affect nutrition, food access, natural resources, and national security in other countries? How do the priorities and challenges of achievingfood security change over time as countries develop economically? The Evolving Sphere of Food Security seeks to answer these two important questions and others by exploring the interconnections of food security to security of many kinds: energy, water, health, climate, the environment, and nationalsecurity. Through personal stories of research in the field and policy advising at local and global scales, a multidisciplinary group of scholars provide readers with a real-world sense of the opportunities and challenges involved in alleviating food insecurity. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, managementof HIV/AIDS, the establishment of an equitable system of land property rights, and investment in solar-powered irrigation play an important role in improving food security - particularly in the face of global climate change. Meanwhile, food price spikes associated with the United States' biofuelspolicy continue to have spillover effects on the world's rural poor with implications for stability and national security. The Evolving Sphere of Food Security traces four key areas of the food security field: 1) the political economy of food and agriculture; 2) challenges for the poorest billion; 3) agriculture's dependence on resources and the environment; and 4) food in a national and international security context.This book connects these areas in a way that tells an integrated story about human lives, resource use, and the policy process.

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Hundreds of millions of people still suffer from chronic hunger and food insecurity despite sufficient levels of global food production. The poor's inability to afford adequate diets remains the biggest constraint to solving hunger, but the dynamics of global food insecurity are complex anddemand analysis that extends beyond the tradit...

An economist by training, Rosamond (Roz) Naylor directs the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University and is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science. She works with colleagues from several disciplines to study the economic and biophysical dimensions of food security and the environm...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199354065

ISBN - 13:9780199354061

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Kofi Annan: ForewordI) INTRODUCTION1. Rosamond L. Naylor: The Many Faces of Food SecurityII) THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE2. Walter P. Falcon: Food Security for the Poorest Billion: Policy Lessons from Indonesia3. Scott Rozelle, Jikun Huang, and Xiaobing Wang: The Food Security Roots of the Middle Income Trap4. Mariano-Florentino Cu.llar, David Lazarus, Walter Falcon, and Rosamond L. Naylor: Institutions, Interests, and Incentives in American Food and Agriculture Policy5. johan Swinnen: Political Economy of EU Agricultural and Food Policies and Global Food SecurityIII) CHALLENGES FOR THE POOREST BILLION6. Jennifer Burney: Creating Synergies Between Water, Energy, and Food Security for Smallholders7. Jennifer Davis, Eran Bendavid, Amy J. Pickering, and Rosamond L. Naylor: Health and Development at the Food-Water Nexus8. Whitney L. Smith and Rosamond L. Naylor: Land Institutions and Food Security in Sub-Saharan AfricaIV) AGRICULTURE'S DEPENDENCE ON RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT9. David B. Lobell, Rosamond L. Naylor, and Christopher B. Field: Food, Energy, and Climate Connections in a Global Economy10. Peter A. Vitousek and Pamela A. Matson: Agricultural Nutrient Use and Its Environmental Consequences11. Barton H. Thomspon, Jr.: Water Institutions and Agriculture12. Ximena Rueda and Eric F. Lambin: Global Agriculture and Land Use Changes in the 21st Century: Achieving a Balance Between Food Security, Urban Diet, and Nature ConservationV) FOOD IN A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY CONTEXT13. Stephan John Stedman: Food Security14. Rosamond L. Naylor: From Politics to Farm Plots: A Field Perspective on Food SecurityGlossaryIndex