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Food security and Global Environmental Change

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. At the same time, agriculture and related activities also contribute to climate change, by intensifying greenhouse gas emissions and altering the land surface.

This book (edited By John Ingram, Polly Ericksen and Diana Liverman, Earthscan, 2010) addresses the broad issues of the relationship between GEC and food security, based on a novel food system concept and stresses the need for actions at a regional level. It reviews new thinking which has emerged over the last decade, and looks forward towards adaptation and mitigation strategies for the next decade. The authors show that this complex and dynamic relationship between climate change, agriculture and food security is also influenced by additional social, economic,political and biogeophysical factors. It stresses the importance of adopting interdisciplinary approaches and of bringing together policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders to work together at a range of spatial, temporal and jurisdictional scales. The book is structured in five parts.

  • Part 1 introduces the background and context for research on food security and GEC and makes the case for taking a systems approach to examining the issues
  • Part 2 examines the fundamental issues of food system vulnerability fo GEC and the broad food system adaptation agenda
  • Part 3 reviews and synthesises lessons learnt from a range of stakeholder engagement processes
  • Part 4 makes the case for, and discusses lessons learnt from efforts to undertake research at the regional level (which sits between the more popularly researched local and global levels)
  • Finally, part 5 looks ahead by reviewing a number of emerging hot topics in te food security-GEC DEBATE.

The book is available from Earthscan here. If you use code FA20 for it and all other titles you will get a 20% discount.

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