Handbook of Food Security and Society
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Handbook of Food Security and Society

9781800378438 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Martin Caraher, Emeritus Professor of Food and Health Policy, City, University of London, UK, John Coveney, Professor of Global Food, Culture and Health, Flinders University, Australia and Mickey Chopra, Global Solutions Lead for Service Delivery, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, The World Bank, US
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 843 8 Extent: 390 pp
Events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have drawn the subject of food security firmly into the public eye. This timely Handbook examines and responds to this pertinent topic, offering calculated solutions to food insecurity. Exploring an international range of perspectives surrounding food security, it illustrates clear links between food and broader social welfare policy and economic determinants.

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Events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have drawn the subject of food security firmly into the public eye. This timely Handbook examines and responds to this pertinent topic, offering calculated solutions to food insecurity.

Exploring an international range of perspectives surrounding food security, the Handbook of Food Security and Society illustrates clear links between food and broader social welfare policy and economic determinants. Chapters describe histories of food security, its measurement and question the role of movements, such as charitable organisations, that have been involved in the food security debate. They resolutely locate food welfare as a fundamental human right.

This comprehensive Handbook will be essential for politics, economics and social policy academics and researchers seeking to gain a clearer understanding of food security history and policy. It will additionally be beneficial to specific practitioners, such as nutritionists and policy makers, working to understand key connections between welfare strategies, wellbeing and food security.
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‘Hunger is both a shame and a crime, especially when there are means to avoid it. Over the last few decades, there has been little progress in overcoming food insecurity in the world. There is no doubt that it is possible to feed everyone without depleting the planet''s resources. What needs to be done? This Handbook provides answers and therefore it is an essential read. Offering a fundamental contribution to help us understand the dilemmas of food issues today, it is a book that will illuminate academic debates, public policy making and stakeholder reflections.’
– Sergio Schneider, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

‘What a fantastic and accessible tomb of rich, conceptual insights on this crucial topic. Featuring an incredible line-up of international researchers and activists, this Handbook is a timely, comprehensive collection providing a critical, yet pragmatic, overview of food insecurity. It transcends diverse conceptions, cultures and theories, encompassing the scope of research, practice and policy solutions to tackle this intractable issue. An excellent and very accessible pedagogic guide, suitable for educators, researchers, activists or citizens, all working tirelessly to promote food justice, fairness and equity within our food system.’
– Clare Pettinger, University of Plymouth, UK

‘This Handbook argues convincingly that ending hunger means far more than providing food to those in need. It means transforming society to one that is more equitable, socially as well as economically. The chapters here are a rich source of data, analysis, and inspiration about how to work towards that transformation - and the sooner, the better.’
– Marion Nestle, New York University, US

‘It is my pleasure to endorse the Handbook of Food Security and Society. Edited by international experts and with valuable contributions from leading researchers and practitioners in their fields, it provides critical analyses of relevant topics with examples of practice necessary to promote food security within and across societies.’
– Mark Lawrence, Deakin University, Australia
Contributors: Raquel Ajates, Nadia Akseer, Emma Beacom, Susan Belyea, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Sue Booth, Jennifer Brady, Martin Caraher, Martha Alicia Cadavid Castro, Alessio Cavicchi, Mickey Chopra, Jennifer Clapp, John Coveney, Simone Cresti, Yul D. Davids, Rhonda Dryland, Ebenezer Durojaye, Pablo Andres Maya Duque, Andy Fisher, Sinéad Furey, Danielle Gallegos, Juan Camilo Sánchez Gil, Luis Alirio López Giraldo, Lee Hodgkinson, S. Ryan Isakson, Manuela MIka Jomori, Goutham Kandru, Regina Keith, Tara Kenny, Christine Kinealy, Tim Lang, Catherine Littler, Bruna Leal Lima Maciel, Lorena Patricia Mancilla Lopez, Chelsea Marshall, Zandile J Mchiza, Sharonna Mossenson, Aisosa Jennifer Omoruyi, Laurentia J Opperman, Christina Pollard, Elaine Power, Claire Pulker, Briana Davahiva Gomez Ramirez, Angelo Riccaboni, Pete Ritchie, Benjamin J Roberts, Colin Sage, Cristina Santini, ‘Chef’ Gregory Silverman, Phoebe Stephens,  Cristiana Tozzi, Jamal Yearwood, Sílvia Aparecida Zimmermann,

Preface xiv
Introduction to the Handbook of Food Security and Society 1
Martin Caraher, John Coveney and Mickey Chopra

1 ‘The past is not dead’: hunger and famine in Ireland 27
Christine Kinealy
2 Hunger is a crime: why words matter 38
Andy Fisher
3 Challenging corporate charity: food commons as a response to food insecurity 48
Tara Kenny and Colin Sage

4 Championing the right to food in South Africa: the Dullah Omar experience 58
Ebenezer Durojaye and Aisosa Jennifer Omoruyi
5 Food as a right in addressing food insecurity: a case study from Scotland 72
Pete Ritchie and Chelsea Marshall

6 Nutrition measures and limits: the dominance of the USDA’s Food
Insecurity and Hunger Module and its adaptations 84
Sinéad Furey and Emma Beacom
7 Comparative analysis of the measurement of food insecurity and
implications for policy 98
Catherine Littler, Susan Belyea, Jennifer Brady and Elaine Power
8 Food and nutrition standards to address food insecurity 107
Christina Pollard, Sharonna Mossenson and Sue Booth
9 What are the lived experiences of people who are food insecure? 118
Danielle Gallegos and Rhonda Dryland
10 Tracking the extent and drivers of food insecurity and their effects on
malnutrition syndemic in South Africa 128
Zandile J. Mchiza, Yul D. Davids and Laurentia J. Opperman
11 Gender and food security: cross cutting or crossed out? The challenge
of implementing ‘Gender Just’ food security solutions 144
Regina Murphy Keith

12 Can the Alma Ata principles of equity, governance and voice be used to
balance the rising power of international corporations in global nutrition
governance? 162
Regina Murphy Keith
13 Food security lessons from exemplars in stunting reduction 182
Jamal Yearwood, Nadia Akseer, Goutham Kandru and Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
14 The financialization of agricultural commodities: implications for food security 200
S. Ryan Isakson, Jennifer Clapp and Phoebe Stephens
15 The role of financial markets in promoting food security 213
Lee Hodgkinson
16 Global philanthropy and welfare capitalism: private-sector approaches
to food insecurity 229
Martin Caraher
17 The COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa: examples of practical
solutions to address food insecurity among the vulnerable citizens 240
Zandile J. Mchiza, Yul D. Davids, Laurentia J. Opperman and Benjamin J. Roberts
18 Food insecurity policy in Brazil: responses and challenges 254
Manuela Mika Jomori, Bruna Leal Lima Maciel, Sílvia Aparecida
Zimmermann and Martin Caraher
19 Response to the food insecurity crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic:
a case study from Colombia 275
Martha Alicia Cadavid Castro, Lorena Patricia Mancilla Lopez, Luis Alirio
López Giraldo, Pablo Andres Maya Duque, Briana Davahiva Gómez Ramirez
and Juan Camilo Sánchez Gil
20 Government and food banks food security policy governance:
Australian and United States COVID-19 responses 283
Sue Booth, Claire Pulker and Christina Pollard
21 Smart farming for food security and sustainability: facing the dilemma
of small companies; the Siena Food Lab Project 294
Cristina Santini, Alessio Cavicchi, Simone Cresti, Cristiana Tozzi and Angelo
22 The cooperation dilemma: can agricultural cooperatives sustainably
survive in a globalised food system while contributing to food security? 308
Raquel Ajates
23 Emergency feeding in America: making words and deeds actually matter 321
Greg Silverman

24 The intransigence of food insecurity: questioning the realities 331
Tim Lang

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