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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