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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security

ISBN 9781138817197
Published April 8, 2016 by Routledge
542 Pages 150 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


'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