The fifth edition of The World Food Problem reflects nearly a decade of new research on the causes and potential solutions to the problems of producing and distributing food in developing countries.
With extensively updated data and new case studies throughout, this edition includes new or expanded discussions of such issues as:
genetically modified food
the impact of climate change
the quality of agricultural land and water
the significance of globalization
implications of changes in demographic policy, such as the reversal of China's ""one-child rule""
. The result is an accessible, comprehensive text, as well as a provocative assessment of prospects for the future.
Howard D. Leathers is associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. The late Phillips Foster was professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Introduction. THE FACTS ABOUT MALNUTRITION. Famines: The Historical Context. Defining Malnutrition. Measuring Undernutrition. Why Does It Matter? Who, When, Where? ADDRESSING CAUSES OF UNDERNUTRITION. Supply and Demand. It's Not Food vs. Population. The Problem of Income. Other Factors Influencing Demand. Issues of Agricultural Land and Water. Environmental Degradation and Climate Change. The Potential of Input Intensity. The Potential of New Technology. An Important Aside: The Question of Health. POLICY APPROACHES TO UNDERNUTRITION. Philosophical Approaches to Food Policy. Raising the Incomes of the Poor. Population Policy. Subsidizing Consumption. It's All About Distribution (Isn't It?). Raising Prices Paid to Farmers. Increasing Food Supply. ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS. The Future of World Food Supply and Demand.