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The Evolving Sphere of Food Security$
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Rosamond L. Naylor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199354054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354054.001.0001

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The Many Faces of Food Security

The Many Faces of Food Security

(p.3) 1 The Many Faces of Food Security
The Evolving Sphere of Food Security
Rosamond L. Naylor
Oxford University Press

The challenges countries confront in achieving and maintaining food security evolve during the course of economic development, but rarely do they disappear. Food insecure populations exist in all countries, rich and poor alike. This introductory chapter highlights the human elements of hunger and malnutrition, resource use in agriculture, and food politics. It begins by defining key aspects of global food insecurity, and then provides a road map for the rest of the volume, illustrating how food security in all parts of the world is linked to energy, water, health, environment, and national security. The chapter establishes the connection between four major areas of study within the food security field: the political economy of food and agriculture; feeding the poorest billion; agriculture’s dependence on resources and the environment; and the national and international security consequences of malnutrition. The integration of these sub-sets of the food security field is what makes this volume unique and important. Telling the story from personal experiences in countries around the world is what makes the volume interesting.

Keywords:   global food security, economic development, structural transformation, hidden hunger, malnutrition, environment, resources, national security

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