ABSTRACT

The global food system is characterized by large numbers of people experiencing food insecurity and hunger on the one hand, and vast amounts of food waste and overconsumption on the other. This book brings together experiences from different countries addressing the challenges associated with food security. Seen through various disciplinary lenses the different cases included are countries at various stages of food security, with diverse stories of success as well as failures in their efforts. China, Brazil and India, as well as less developed countries in Africa and Asia, such as Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Myanmar, Bangladesh and the Philippines. The authors pay special attention to the environmental and socio-economic challenges in the respective chapters and how they contribute to food insecurity. Each of the case studies identifies and analyzes which factors or drivers (environmental, economic, policy, technology, markets) have been the most powerful shapers of the food system and their future impact.

The case studies identify interventions at regional, national and local level that contribute positively to food security, highlighting solutions that are effective and easy to implement for all levels of decision makers, from farmers to policy makers. Overall, the book provides insights in order to foster a greater understanding of the issues surrounding food security and support progress towards the goal of a sustainable food system for all.

chapter 1|34 pages

Food security in the context of global environmental and economic change

ByINGELA T. FLATIN AND UDAYA SEKHAR NAGOTHU

chapter 2|22 pages

Food security in China: past, present and the future

ByZHANG-YUE ZHOU

chapter 3|22 pages

Technological and institutional challenges to food security in the Philippines

ByWALFREDO R. ROLA, ROBERTO F. RA Ñ OLA JR, DAMASA B.

chapter 4|25 pages

A country in rapid transition: can Myanmar achieve food security?

ByMATTHEW P. MCCARTNEY, OHNMAR KHAING

chapter 5|23 pages

Implications of climate change, population and resource scarcity for food security in Bangladesh

ByMOHAMMAD A.B. SIDDIQUE, JATISH C. BISWAS, MOHAMMAD A. SALAM

chapter 6|20 pages

Food security in India: the need for sustainable food systems

ByUDAYA SEKHAR NAGOTHU

chapter 7|27 pages

Status and trends of food security in Ethiopia

ByMEHRETEAB TESFAI, ASFAW ADUGNA AND UDAYA SEKHAR NAGOTHU

chapter 8|31 pages

Tanzania’s food security: seeking sustainable agricultural intensifi cation and dietary diversity

BySANDY FRITZ, ROBYN ALDERS, BRIGITTE BAGNOL, HALIFA MSAMI

chapter 9|25 pages

Food security in Malawi: disputed diagnoses, diff erent prescriptions

ByRACHEL BEZNER KERR AND RAJ PATEL

chapter 10|22 pages

Making the agri-food system work for the poor: the construction of food and nutrition security in Brazil

ByTHA Í S LEONARDI BASSINELLO AND CRISPIM MOREIRA

chapter 11|18 pages

The future of food security: summary and recommendations

ByUDAYA SEKHAR NAGOTHU