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1st Edition

Food Security Policy, Evaluation and Impact Assessment

Edited By

Sheryl L. Hendriks

ISBN 9781138497092
Published December 13, 2019 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers an essential, comprehensive, yet accessible reference of contemporary food security discourse and guides readers through the steps required for food security analysis.

Food insecurity is a major obstacle to development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is a complex issue that cuts across traditional sectors in government and disciplines in academia. Understanding how multiple elements cause and influence food security is essential for policymakers, practitioners and scholars. This book demonstrates how evaluation can integrate the four elements of food security (availability, access, nutrition and resilience) and offers practical tools for policy and programme impact assessment to support evidence-based planning.

Aimed at researchers, postgraduates and those undertaking professional development in food studies, agricultural economics, rural development, nutrition and public health, the book is key reading for those seeking to understand evidence-based food security analysis.

Table of Contents



Preface and acknowledgements

Notes on contributors

List of acronyms and abbreviations

Part 1: The fundamentals of food security policy assessment in the era of the SDGs

Chapter 1: Food security policy analysis as a key element in attaining SGD2 and addressing food policy failures of the past
Sheryl L. Hendriks

Chapter 2: How the understanding of food security and nutrition shapes policy analysis
Sheryl L. Hendriks

Chapter 3: Understanding the depth and severity of food security as a continuum of experiences
Sheryl L. Hendriks

Chapter 4: Contemporary policy issues related to food availability
Sheryl L. Hendriks

Chapter 5: Contemporary policy issues related to poverty and inequality and the imperatives to improve access to food
Nic JJ Olivier, Francette Gouws and Nico JJ Olivier

Chapter 6: Contemporary policy issues and the imperatives to reduce malnutrition
Beulah Pretorius, Suresh C Babu, Angela M. McIntyre and Hettie C Schönfeldt  

Chapter 7: Mitigating Negative Nutrition Transitions: Cultivating Diversity in Food Systems
Angela M. McIntyre

Chapter 8: Contemporary policy issues in food assistance
Steven Were Omamo, Lorenzo Motta, Chelsea Graham 

Part 2: Practical guidance on in the components of evidence-based food security policy analysis

Chapter 9: Assessing the Coherence of Broader Development Policies for Food Security
Nic JJ Olivier and Nico JJ Olivier  

Chapter 10: The policy making process: Introducing the Kaleidoscope Model for food security policy analysis
Steven Haggblade, Suresh C Babu, Danielle Resnick and Sheryl L. Hendriks

Chapter 11: Developing and applying a theory of change assessment
Angela M. McIntyre 

Chapter 12: The essential elements of assessment, monitoring and evaluation to determine the impact of policies and programmes
Sheryl L. Hendriks and Mapula Hunadi Nkwana

Chapter 13: Identification of risks and vulnerable populations
Filippo Fossi 

Chapter 14: Institutional arrangements for governance, coordination and mutual accountability
Morkaka N. Makhura and Nosipho Mabuza

Chapter 15: Gender and Food Security
Elizabeth Mkandawire

Chapter 16: Inclusion and engagement with Indigenous Peoples
Carol Kalafatic  

Part 3: Measurement and information systems

Chapter 17: Measuring food insecurity
Carlo Cafiero

Chapter 18: The Integrated Phase Classification approach as an example of comprehensive system approaches
Jannie Armstrong, Leila Oliveira, Kaija Korpi-Salmela, Jose Lopez

Part 4: Practical insights for implementation, monitoring and evaluation

Chapter 19: Notes from the field: challenges, solutions and promising ideas
Angela M. McIntyre, Jannie Armstrong, Suresh C. Babu, Yergelem Beraki, Duncan Boughton, Boaz B. Kaziere, Michael Roberto Kenyi Legge, Laila Lokosang, Bongeka Mdleleni, Rufaro Musvaire, Tessa Marcus, Leila Oliviera, Luca Russo, Jeanettte Sprinkhuizen, Duncan Stewart

Chapter 20: What next for evidence-based food security policy analysis?
Sheryl L. Hendriks


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Sheryl L. Hendriks is Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development and Director of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being, University of Pretoria, South Africa.


"The deadline for achieving Sustainable Development Goals is rapidly approaching. But we are not in track in achieving many goals, particularly SDG2 in ending hunger and malnutrition. This book contributed by many well-known scholars and practitioners is timely by brining state of the art knowledge to the development communities to take actions. Taking actions and scaling them up are essential to accelerate the progress."

Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC


"This book is written by a global leader who spans the worlds of academia, policy and programmes, excelling in each. Professor Sheryl Hendriks has produced a beautifully balanced book on the challenges of delivering food security and nutrition. The book highlights the many complexities of doing so but also the many opportunities and solutions to be found. It is a must read for all of those who need to understand the centrality of well-functioning food systems for sustainable development. "

Dr Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and 2018 World Food Prize Laureate


"This book comes at a time when Africa is rising, yet millions remain at the periphery of two decades of positive gains. Reflecting emerging transdisciplinary approaches to addressing the food security, the book provides innovative approaches to tackling Africa’s beleaguering food security challenges. It offers practical policy interventions and raises questions concerning developing consensus on Africa’s quest for a food secure continent. This book is a tremendous research and teaching resource for African food security professionals. Sheryl Hendriks, who has for two decades adorned the food security CAADP face across Africa, has unquestionably ignited new debates around food security in Africa."

Prof Richard M. Mkandawire PhD. Dr.hc, Director, Africa Secretariat Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) | Chairperson Malawi National Planning Commission


"Food security and nutrition security analysis and understanding is and continues to be a very complex field that challenges the world and particularly the vulnerable populations, Development and Humanitarian professionals. Therefore, the fight against hunger and related malnutrition demands a cadre of well-trained professionals, equipped to deal with shocks, stresses and resulting acute food shortages. This book aptly provides a wealth of analytical tools and insights that guide professionals committed to understanding the core elements of food insecurity and the contemporary realities related to inadequate food intake emergencies. Most important also to support countries to adapt policies and investments that advance sustainable food systems."

Angelline Rudakubana, Director, WFP Africa Office, Representative to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa - Ethiopia