Food security is high on the political agenda. Fears about societal insecurity due to food price increases and hunger, grave scenarios regarding the effects of climate change and general uncertainty about the impacts of investments in biofuels and so-call “land grabbing” on food prices and availability have meant that food security is now recognised as being a multifaceted challenge. This book is unique in that it will bring together analyses of these different factors that impact on food security.

This volume will describe a range of different perspectives on food security, with an emphasis on the various meanings that are applied to food security “crisis”. The challenges to be reviewed include market volatility, climate change and state fragility. Analyses of responses to food security crises and risk will cover rural and urban contexts, arenas of national policy formation and global food regimes, and investment in land and productive technologies.    

This book is unique in two respects. First, it takes a step back from the normative literature focused on specific factors of, for example, climate change, agricultural production or market volatility to look instead at the dynamic interplay between these new challenges. It helps readers to understand that food security is not one discourse, but is rather related to how these different factors generate multiple risks and opportunities. Second, through the case studies the book particularly emphasises how these factors come together at local levels as farmers, entrepreneurs, consumers, local government officials and others are making key decisions about what will be done to address food security and whose food security will be given priority. The book will explore how food production and consumption is embedded in powerful political and market forces and how these influence local actions.   

chapter 1|14 pages


ByIan Christoplos, Adam Pain

chapter 2|24 pages

Food Security and Food Crises

Evolving realities, evolving debates
ByNiek Koning

part I|101 pages

New trends and challenges

chapter 3|22 pages

Scenarios for Global Agriculture and Food Security Towards 2050

A review of recent studies
ByDirk Willenbockel

chapter 4|22 pages

Strengthening Food Security Through Human Rights

A moral and legal imperative and practical opportunity
ByWenche Barth Eide

chapter 6|14 pages

Water Competition, Water Governance and Food Security

ByHelle Munk Ravnborg

chapter 7|17 pages

Food Insecurity in Fragile States and Protracted Crises

ByAdam Pain

part II|198 pages

Case studies

chapter 8|23 pages

Sudan's Permanent Food Emergency

A historical analysis of food aid, governance and political economy
BySusanne Jaspars

chapter 9|18 pages

Food Insecurity and Agricultural Rehabilitation in PostConflict Northern Uganda

ByWinnie Wangari Wairimu

chapter 10|16 pages

Poverty, Food Security and Local Water Conflicts in Southern Zambia

ByMikkel Funder, Carol Mweemba, Imasiku Nyambe

chapter 11|21 pages

State Capacity and Malnutrition

A critical analysis of capacity support to Sierra Leone's nutrition sector
ByLisa Denney, Richard Mallett

chapter 12|20 pages

Social Inequality and Food Insecurity in Nepal

Risks and responses
ByAdam Pain, Hemant R. Ojha, Jagannath Adhikari

chapter 13|17 pages

Changing Approaches to Food Security in Viet Nam

ByIan Christoplos, Le Thi Hoa Sen, Le Duc Ngoan

chapter 14|21 pages

Food Security and Insecurity in Afghanistan

ByAdam Pain

chapter 15|19 pages

Food Security and Insecurity in India

ByAmit Mitra

chapter 16|23 pages

South Korea

Food security, development and the developmental state
ByAnders Riel Müller

chapter 17|18 pages

Food Security, Nicaragua

Food purchase or food production, which is best for the rural poor?
ByFrancisco J. Perez, Arthur H. Grigsby, Sandrine Fréguin-Gresh

part III|8 pages


chapter 18|6 pages

Are New Challenges to Food Security Generating a New Social Contract?

ByIan Christoplos, Adam Pain