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The Feeding of Nations
Redefining Food Security for the 21st Century
In the last decade, the world has grown richer and produced more food than ever before. Yet in that same period, hunger has increased and 925 million remain underfed and malnourished. Exploring this troubling paradox, The Feeding of Nations: Re-Defining Food Security for the 21st Century offers a glimpse into how the simple aspiration of global food security has evolved and unfolded—with sometimes contradictory and counterproductive policies, agendas, and ideologies.
Providing a holistic analysis of the issues surrounding food security, this volume engages in a cross-disciplinary approach that makes the subject accessible to readers and academically rigorous in delivery. Topics discussed include:
- A brief overview of our current understanding of the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition
- Historical perspectives on the feeding of nations, to understand how we arrived at this point
- Contemporary motivations that led to the creation of the modern concept of food security
- The many different sectors related to food security, including agriculture, environment, and policy
- The goals that society has set regarding food security, the means by which these are to be achieved, and current thoughts on solutions
The book contains a broad set of appendices that enable focused study on critical topics presented in the text. Uniquely amalgamating all the disparate elements of food security into one volume, it sets the record straight about the origins and evolution of the phenomenon while dispelling myths along the way.
667 pages; ISBN 9781439839515
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