Handbook on Food

Demand, Supply, Sustainability and Security

Edited by Raghbendra Jha, Professor of Economics, Head, Arndt–Corden Department of Economics and Executive Director, Australia South Asia Research Centre, Australian National University, Raghav Gaiha, Visiting Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University and Anil B. Deolalikar, University of California, Riverside, US

The global population is forecasted to reach 9.4 billion by 2050, with much of this increase concentrated in developing regions and cities. Ensuring adequate food and nourishment to this large population is a pressing economic, moral and even security challenge and requires research (and action) from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

This book provides the first such integrated approach to tackling this problem by addressing the multiplicity of challenges posed by rising global population, diet diversification and urbanization in developing countries and climate change.

‘The Handbook on Food: Demand, Supply, Sustainability and Security makes a significant contribution to academic, policy and public interests in food security. It does not avoid the hard questions, proposes much-needed research direction and policy reform, and most importantly identifies crucial links between food security, poverty, trade, globalisation, environmental sustainability, climate change and the politics that create a complex space. This comprehensive and courageous book is a must-read for those interested in the issue of food security now and in the future.’
– Dianne Dibley, University of Canberra, Australia

‘This volume is a welcome and timely contribution to a topic of enduring importance. The global consequences of recent food price crises underscore the need to examine food security issues from diverse perspectives. This volume meets that need, featuring accessible yet cutting-edge analyses of food security by leading experts in fields as diverse as trade, nutrition, public health, production, political economy, and behavioral economics. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and practitioners.’
– Steven Block, Tufts University, US

‘This excellent volume offers a compact but wide-ranging survey of recent research on important changes in global food markets. Its 20 chapters accurately capture important areas of scholarly agreement as well as on-going debates among economists studying agriculture and nutrition, with several provocative original contributions from other fields. The book draws particularly on the authors’ long experience in Asia, offering widely-applicable insights for scholars and policy analysts seeking to understand the past, present and future of food around the world.’
– William A. Masters, Tufts University, US

‘This Handbook on Food is highly recommended to scholars, students and policy-makers alike who want to familiarise themselves with recent evidence on the important issue of food security worldwide. It is also welcome supplementary reading for courses on development economics, agricultural economics, and environmental economics. It is a very rich compendium of information on the food situation in general so from that perspective it rightly deserves to be called a Handbook on Food.’
– Ulrike Grote, Food Security

2015 576 pp Paperback 978 1 78347 391 5 £55.20 £42.00 $55.20 $69.00
2014 576 pp Hardback 978 1 78100 428 9 £234.00 £179.00 $234.00 $260.00

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