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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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Food and Security

Food and Security

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The Evolving Sphere of Food Security

Stephen John Stedman

Oxford University Press

Many food security experts believe that considering food security as a broader security problem will better incentivize governments to tackle global hunger, thus making it a more tractable and solvable problem. Food insecurity can impact international security by weakening states, stoking regional insecurity, and by potentially causing violent conflict between states. However, this does not imply that governments will act differently to promote global food security. To prevent food insecurity from endangering international security, rules, institutions, and policies must be developed to help soften the impacts of shortages, create equitable and predictable responses to scarcity, and ensure that resource competition does not endanger the international system. In short, what is needed is what is lacking: an international effort to build global food security by addressing vexing issues concerning energy, climate, trade, and overall agricultural production.

Keywords:   national security, international security, diplomacy, Cold War Era, conflict, humanitarian relief, international negotiation, national self-help politics

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