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The Political History of American Food AidAn Uneasy Benevolence$
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Barry Riley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190228873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190228873.001.0001

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The Search for Food Security

The Search for Food Security

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(p.411) 18 The Search for Food Security
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The Political History of American Food Aid
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Barry Riley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190228873.003.0019

By the 1970s, concern that world hunger was increasing had energized the efforts of scholars, government officials, and those attentive to humanitarian concerns to focus on “food security” as the concept best suited to concert efforts to reduce global hunger. The problem was there was little agreement of what the term meant and how it could be used as an objective of policy; Simon Maxwell and Timothy Frankenberger unearthed two hundred separable definitions of the term. This chapter describes the evolution of food security thinking during the period 1970–90, from concern about the imbalance between existing food stocks and surging demand to concern about the difficulty in identifying the transitory and chronic causes of households being unable to gain secure access to the food they needed.

Keywords:   transitory food insecurity, chronic food insecurity, food security, Simon Maxwell, Shlomo Reutlinger, food aid, Poverty and Hunger

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