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1st Edition

Food and Development

ISBN 9780415498005
Published May 3, 2012 by Routledge
432 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The relationship between food and development has always been controversial. Over the last thirty years, development in the north and south has failed to deliver people a decent diet. While some people have too little food and die as a consequence, some people have too much food and die from associated diseases. Furthermore, some methods of food production create social dislocation and deadly environments where biodiversity is eroded and pollution is rampant.  While guaranteeing enough food for the world’s inhabitants continues to be a serious challenge, new issues about food have emerged.

Food and Development is a lively and lucidly written text which provides a clear and accessible introduction to these complex and diverse food related problems.  It explores the continued prevalence of mass under nutrition in the developing world; acute food crises in some places associated with conflict; the emergence of over nutrition in the developing world and the vulnerability of the contemporary global food production system. The text identifies the major problems and analyzes factors at international, national and local scales to understand their continued prevalence. The book concludes by evaluating the potential of some oppositional forces to challenge the hegemony of the contemporary food system.

This timely and original text will be invaluable to undergraduates interested in the challenges surrounding food and development. The text is richly filled with case studies from the Global North and South to illustrate the nature and extent of these urgent issues and their interrelated nature. Each chapter contains a range of features to assist undergraduate learning, including: learning objective, key concepts, summaries, discussion questions, further reading and websites, and follow up activities.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Food, Politics and Power  2. The Contemporary Nature and Geography of Malnutrition  3. Theoretical Perspectives: Understanding the Patterns  4. Globalisation, Development and Malnutrition  5. National Perspectives  6. Sub-National Perspectives  7. Gender and Nutrition: The Female Case  8. Conflict and Hunger  9. Alternative Visions

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E.M. Young is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at Staffordshire University, UK, Her core research interest is globalisation and its implications for sustainability, food security and food sovereignty.


"A fresh and sharply critical introduction to the global food system and its failings. Young’s analysis does not shy away from examining the complexities of a system that is leading simultaneously to crises of obesity and hunger. Students will appreciate both the big picture discussions and the many case studies that are presented throughout this book" – Susan M. Roberts, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, USA

"This book provides a timely and welcome resource enabling readers to navigate the heady and somewhat heated debates that food generates, particularly where concerns about sustainable development and social justice loom large. E.M. Young has deftly synthesized academic and activist research into a coherent framework, steering a course through complex and diffuse debates around food, development and wellbeing. Students and established scholars alike will welcome this powerful but accessible analysis, which reveals the filaments of corporate power and refuses a simplistic north-south framing of key issues" Becky Elmhirst, Course Leader (BA Hons Geography), School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, UK