For billions across the world, the daily challenge is to find enough to eat to survive. Hunger is on the rise globally with more than 1.2 billion people suffering from food insecurity and poverty and rising food prices increasingly jeopardising access to food. But what are the causes for global hunger? And as the global population soars, what are the key food challenges?
In this deeply informative study, Majda Bne Saad identifies the causes for global hunger which are embedded in the current economic system, apportioning blame for global hunger on the West's continuing support for and subsidies to biofuels, which have created persistent and formidable new demands for food commodities. Saad proposes we fight-back, arguing for a 'second green revolution' to grow more food and by analysing the factors constraining low-income nations from achieving food security, she considers policies which could generate income and enhance individuals' entitlement to food.
Majda Bne Saad lectured in Food Security, Famines and Development Management at University College Dublin before her retirement. She is a member of the National Irish Famine Commemoration Committee and involved in national level development Task Forces in Ireland. She is the co-editor of Trade, Aid and Development (University College Dublin Press, 2006) and The Global Hunger Crisis (Pluto, 2013).
Preface Acknowledgements Part I: Food Security And Insecurity: Causes And Consequences 1. Food Security 2. Famine 3. The World Food System: Challenges And Options 4. Peasants Farming: Current And Future Challenges Part II: Challenges And Options To Food Security 5. Access To Land 6. Rural Labour Markets 7. Rural Financial Services And The Issue Of Sustainability 8. Water For Livelihoods 9. Gender And Food Security: Invisibility Revisited 10. Conclusion: Food Security In Perspective Bibliography Index