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Food Security in Asia

Food Security in Asia

First Edition
  • Amitava Mukharjee - Senior Expert, Macro-economic Policy and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand

October 2012 | 416 pages | SAGE India
As one of the major challenges of the 21st century, food security requires nations to maintain food production at appropriate levels, provide potable water, and at once, ensure access of people to such food and water. Food suppliers also need to ensure year-long supply of food at optimum price and of high quality, both for needy and for discerning customers.

Food Security in Asia provides a comprehensive analysis of the critical dimensions of food security in various countries of Asia. It compellingly argues that food insecurity is a complex phenomenon that requires a comprehensive response encompassing, inter alia, increasing food production, expanding economic and social access to food, special access to food for disadvantaged groups and, most importantly, breaking down the gender-based barriers to accessing food.

The book discusses the major governmental policies in relation to the communities' responses. While highlighting the pressure exerted by climate change and world population growth, it also propounds ideas that would help in making informed policy choices.

Foreword Atiur Rahman
Setting the Context and the Problematic

Food Insecurity and Its Causes

Food Insecurities Faced by Women and Girl Children

A Select Suite of Government Response to Hunger

Community Based Responses to Food Security

Social Access and Social Protection for Food Security

Towards an Agenda on Food Security for Asia

This is an extremely well-written comprehensive treatise on food...the book provides several powerful messages both to the government and corporate sector with regard to food production methods and goals... provides valuable analysis and suggestion...this book echoes the views on food security and sustainable rural development.
Current Science

[The book] provides a holistic picture of the experiences of many Asian Pacific countries on the level and magnitude of food and security and challenges being faced by them to be food-secure nations...encompasses a very detailed and comprehensive analysis of key issues on the subject and the strategies that ought to be adopted to make peoples in Asia-Pacific region food secure...certainly provides insights into many areas for further research.

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