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Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security

1st Edition

Edited by Bill Pritchard, Rodomiro Ortiz, Meera Shekar


524 pages | 150 B/W Illus.

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The concept of food and nutrition security has evolved and risen to the top of the international policy agenda over the last decade. Yet it is a complex and multi-faceted issue, requiring a broad and inter-disciplinary perspective for full understanding. This Handbook represents the most comprehensive compilation of our current knowledge of food and nutrition security from a global perspective. It is organized to reflect the wide scope of the contents, its four sections corresponding to the accepted current definitional frameworks prevailing in the work of multilateral agencies and mainstream scholarship.

The first section addresses the struggles and progression of ideas and debates about the subject in recent years. The other sections focus on three key themes: how food has been, is and should be made available, including by improvements in agricultural productivity; the ways in which politico-economic and social arenas have shaped access to food; and the effects of food and nutrition systems in addressing human health, known as food utilisation. Overall, the volume synthesizes a vast field of information drawn from agriculture, soil science, climatology, economics, sociology, human and physical geography, the nutrition and health sciences, environmental science and development studies.


'The book ends with a comprehensive index that is easy to use. Overall, I found it to be very useful in giving clear and concise information on all types of food and nutrition security, including various health topics such as diabetes and social food provision such as food banks.'

Mabel Blades, Freelance reviewer, Nutrition and Dietetic Services, Rushden, UK

Table of Contents

1. Food and Nutrition Security: Future Priorities for Research and Policy

Bill Pritchard

Part 1: Food Availability

2. Future Prospects for Cereal and Legume Production

Jon Hellin

3. Fruits, Vegetables and Tubers: Bountiful Resources for Achieving and Sustaining Food and Nutrition Security

Norman E. Looney

4. The Impacts of Modern Agriculture on Plant Genetic Diversity

M. Carmen de Vicente

5. Agriculture and Micronutrient Availability

Dennis D. Miller

6. Sustainable Intensification

Tim G. Benton

7. The Role of Agro-ecological and Organic Food Production in Making the World Feed Itself in the 21st Century

Mette Vaarst, P. Panneerselvam and Niels Halberg

8. The Meatification of Diets

Tony Weis

9. Livestock Production Systems: Animal Welfare and Environmental Quality

John Webster

10. Fisheries and Aquaculture

Richard Grainger

11. Food Losses and Waste and the Debate on Food and Nutrition Security

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Vincent Gitz and Alexandre Meybeck

12. How is Climate Change Affecting the Global Food System?

Molly E. Brown and Tawny M. Mata

13. The Sustainability of the World’s Soils

Stefan Hauser and Lindsey Norgrove

14. Water Resources for Food and Nutrition Security

Alain Vidal and Larry Harrington

Part 2: Economic and Social Access to Food

15. Famines: Causes and Impact

Eric Vanhaute

16. Nutrition Sensitive Economic Growth: What it is, Why it Matters and How to Encourage it

Lawrence Haddad

17. The Transformation of Food Supply Chains: Implications for Food and Nutrition Security

C. Peter Timmer

18. International Trade, Food Security and Nutrition

Sophia Murphy

19. Food Value Chains and Nutrition: Exploring the Opportunities for Improving Nutrition

Aulo Gelli, Corinna Hawkes and Jason Donovan

20. Smallholders, Agro-biodiversity and Mixed Cropping and Livestock Systems

Jessica Fanzo, Roseline Remans and Celine Termote

21. The Implications of Land Grabs and Biofuel Expansion for Food and Nutrition Security in Developing Countries

Anna Locke and Giles Henley

22. Food Sovereignty

Phillip McMichael

23. Localism and Food and Nutrition Security

Steven M. Schnell

24. Food and Nutrition Security within the Household: Gender and Access

Anu Rammohan

25. The Socio-economic and Socio-cultural Determinants of Food and Nutrition Security in Developed Countries

Jane Dixon

Part 3: Food Utilization

26. Food and Nutrition Surveillance

Geoffrey C. Marks

27. Addressing Maternal and Child Undernutrition in Low-income and Middle-income Countries. A Review of Nutrition-specific and Nutrition-sensitive Interventions

Víctor M. Aguayo and Kajali Paintal

28. The Agriculture-nutrition Disconnect

Yurie Tanimichi Hoberg

29. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: a Missing Link to Food and Nutrition Security?

Oliver Cumming, Louise Watson and Alan Dangour

30. Nutrition, Health and Early Childhood Development

Quentin Wodon and Meera Shekar

31. Nutrition Policies and Programs in Low- and Middle-income Countries: Progress and Challenges to Achieving Impact at Scale

Lynnette M. Neufeld, Ellen Piwoz and Florencia C. Vasta

32. Costing and Financing Nutrition Programs in the Developing World: What will they Cost and How can they be Financed?

Meera Shekar, Julia Dayton and Jakub Kakietek

33. Food Social Safety Net and Dietary Guidance Programs in Developed Countries

Ann L. Yaktine


About the Editors

Bill Pritchard is Professor in Human Geography at the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Australia and International Visiting Professor, Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne, Germany.

Rodomiro Ortiz is Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Meera Shekar is Global Lead for Nutrition, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank, Washington DC, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography