The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: The Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies by David E. SahnThe Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: The Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies by David E. Sahn

The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: The Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies

EditorDavid E. Sahn

Hardcover | June 21, 2015

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Advances in science and policy during the past 50 years have prevented the predicted widespread food shortages as the world's population soared. Malnutrition, however, remains prevalent. This book details strategies and practical approaches designed to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in anew era where technological change, markets, patterns of governance, and social programs have an increasingly global dimension. More specifically, this book addresses a range of considerations including the role of small farmers in a world where the global reach of multinational corporations haveenormous control from the farm to local markets and the grocery store; misgivings and misperceptions about genetically modified foods; the increasing competition of food and energy sectors for agricultural output; the importance of micronutrient deficiencies and chronic disease related to obesity,which often coexists in the same communities as hunger; and issues of sustainability of the food and agricultural system in an period when there is increasing concerns over global warming and environmental degradation. Currently there is also more emphasis on evidence-based policymaking, which has raised the standard of proof for evaluating the impact of micro-level interventions that have traditionally been so widely embraced and are now under increased scrutiny. It is in this context that this book providespractical advice on programs that can effectively target those at greatest risk of malnutrition and guidance on policies to promote a healthy and sustainable food and agricultural system. Overlaying all of these challenges is the book's emphasis on both identifying data and information needs fordecision-making, and practical considerations for better understanding the domestic and international political and social constraints that need to be addressed when trying to translate scientific knowledge and information into practice.
David E. Sahn is an International Professor of Economics in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Economics at Cornell University. He has a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan. His main academic interest is in identifying the solutions t...
Title:The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: The Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted PoliciesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pagesPublished:June 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceDavid E. Sahn: IntroductionPart I: Nutrition Policy and Program1. Jef L. Leroy, Marie Ruel, Jean-Pierre Habicht, and Edward A Frongillo: Using Height-For-Age Difference instead of Height-For-Age Z-Scores for the Meaningful Measurement of Catch-up Growth in Children Less Than 5 years of Age2. Harold Alderman: Can Transfer Programs Be Made More Nutrition Sensitive?3. Christopher B. Barrett and Leah E. M. Bevis: The Micronutrient Deficiencies Challenge in African Food Systems4. Malden C. Nesheim and Marion Nestle: The Internationalization of the Obesity Epidemic: The Case of Sugar-Sweetened Sodas5. Suresh Chandra Babu: Evidence-Informed Policymaking: Lessons from food Security and Nutrition Monitoring Systems During Food Crises6. Anna Herforth: Access to Adequate Nutritious Food: New Indicators to Track Progress and Inform ActionPart II: Agricultural Development and Research and Technology Policy7. Prabhu Pingali, Katie Ricketts, and David E. Sahn: Agriculture For Nutrition: Getting Policies Right8. Peter Hazell: Is Small Farm Led Development Still a Relevant Strategy for Africa and Asia?9. Julian M. Alston and Philip G. Pardey: Agricultural RandD, Food Prices, Poverty, and Malnutrition redux10. Joachim von Braun: Bioeconomy: Science and Technology Policy to Harmonize Biologization of Economies with Food Security11. Tina Andersen Huey: Global and Local Food Systems in the GM Labeling Campaign12. Barbara Boyle Torrey and E. Fuller Torrey: Population Increases and Agricultural ProductivityPart III: Globalization and Political Economy13. Shenggen Fan, Tolulope Olofinbiyi, and Sinafikeh Gemessa: Ending Hunger and Undernutrition by 2025: Accelerating the Pace14. Erik Thorbecke: The Present Pattern of Growth, Inequality, and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa15. Marygold Walsh-Dilley and Wendy Wolford: Social Mobilization and Food Security: The Contribution of Organized Civil Society to Hunger Reduction Policies in Latin America16. Andy McKay and Finn Tarp: Distributional Impacts of the 2008 Global Food Price Spike in Vietnam17. Roger Slade and Mitch Renkow: Independence Or Influence: Tradeoffs in Development Policy Research18. Robert Paarlberg: Who Makes Global Food Policy?19. Andrew D. Jones and Sivan Yosef: The Implications of a Changing Climate on Global Nutrition Security