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Title Food security and global environmental change / edited by John Ingram, Polly Ericksen and Diana Liverman
Published London : Earthscan, 2010

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Description xix, 361 pages : illustrations, charts ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents Part I: Food Security and Global Environmental Change.--1. Food Security and the Global Environment: an Overview.--2. The Value of the Food Systems Approach.--3. Lessons Learned from International Assessments.--4. Part I Main Messages.--Part II: Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation in Food Systems.--5. Vulnerability and Resilience of Food Systems.--6. What is Vulnerable?--7. Vulnerability to What?--8. Adapting Food Systems.--9. Part II Main Messages.--Part III: Engaging Stakeholders.--10. The Science-Policy Interface.--11. Engaging Stakeholders at the Regional Level.--12. Part III Main Messages.--Part IV: A Regional Approach.--13. Why Regions?.--14. Stakeholders' Approaches to Regional Food Security Research.--15. Undertaking Research at the Regional Level.--16. Part IV Main Messages.--Part V: Food Systems in a Changing World.--17. Food, Violence and Human Rights.--18. Governance Beyond the State: Non-state Actors and Food Systems.--19. Green Food Systems for 9 billion.--20. Surprises and Possibilities.--21. Part V Main Messages.--22. Reflection on the Book
Summary Global environmental change (GEC) represents an immediate and unprecedented threat to the food security of hundreds of millions of people, especially those who depend on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. As this book shows, at the same time, agriculture and related activities also contribute to GEC by, for example, intensifying greenhouse gas emissions and altering the land surface. Responses aimed at adapting to GEC may have negative consequences for food security, just as measures taken to increase food security may exacerbate GEC. The authors show that this complex and dynamic relationship between GEC and food security is also influenced by additional factors; food systems are heavily influenced by socioeconomic conditions, which in turn are affected by multiple processes such as macro-level economic policies, political conflicts and other important drivers. The book provides a major, accessible synthesis of the current state of knowledge and thinking on the relationships between GEC and food security. Most other books addressing the subject concentrate on the links between climate change and agricultural production, and do not extend to an analysis of the wider food system which underpins food security; this book addresses the broader issues, based on a novel food system concept and stressing the need for actions at a regional, rather than just an international or local, level. It reviews new thinking which has emerged over the last decade, analyses research methods for stakeholder engagement and for undertaking studies at the regional level, and looks forward by reviewing a number of emerging 'hot topics' in the food security-GEC debate which help set new agendas for the research community at large. (Publisher)
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Agriculture -- Environmental aspects.
Climatic changes.
Environmental protection.
Food security -- Environmental aspects.
Food security.
Food supply -- Environmental aspects.
Food supply.
Author Ericksen, Polly.
Ingram, J. S. I.
Liverman, Diana M.
LC no. 2010027614
ISBN 1849711275 (hbk.)
1849711283 (paperback)
9781849711272 (hbk.)
9781849711289 (paperback)