ISBN-10:
1588266389
ISBN-13:
9781588266385
Pub. Date:
07/28/2009
Publisher:
Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
World Food Problem: Toward Ending Undernutrition in the Third World / Edition 4

World Food Problem: Toward Ending Undernutrition in the Third World / Edition 4

by Howard D. Leathers, Phillips Foster
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Overview

Why do millions of people in the less-developed countries go hungry, while there is an abundance of food in the world? What can be done about it?

These are the issues explored in this accessible and comprehensive text. In addition to incorporating updated data throughout, this new edition includes:

  • a comprehensive description and analysis of the 2008 food crisis
  • an expanded discussion of the impact of using food crops to produce biofuels
  • new case studies and recent examples to illustrate key points
  • examples of successful and unsuccessful policy approaches
  • reference to the latest research findings (with more than 150 new citations)

The result is the best available analysis of the current world food problem, as well as a provocative assessment of prospects for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588266385
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 450
Sales rank: 1,116,379
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Howard D. Leathers is associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The late Phillips Foster was professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction.
  • MALNUTRITION: WHAT ARE THE FACTS?
  • Famines.
  • Malnutrition Defined.
  • Measuring Undernutrition.
  • Impacts of Undernutrition.
  • Undernutrition: Who, When, Where?
  • CAUSES OF UNDERNUTRITION.
  • Economics: Supply and Demand.
  • It's Not Food Versus Population.
  • Income Distribution and Undernutrition.
  • Other Factors Influencing Demand for Food.
  • Agricultural Land and Water.
  • Agricultural Production and the Environment.
  • Increasing Yields Through Input Intensity.
  • Increasing Yields Through New Technology.
  • The Interaction Between Undernutrition and Health.
  • POLICY APPROACHES TO UNDERNUTRITION.
  • Philosophical Approaches to Undernutrition.
  • Policies Aimed at Raising the Incomes of the Poor.
  • Policies Aimed at Demographic Causes of Undernutrition.
  • Policies That Reduce the Price of Food Through Subsidized Consumption.
  • Policies That Improve Access to Food: It's All About Distribution (Isn't It?).
  • Policies That Raise Prices Paid to Farmers: Direct Subsidies and Elimination of Urban Bias.
  • Policies That Reduce the Price of Food by Increasing Supply.
  • World Food Supply and Demand for the Next Half-Century: Some Alternative Scenarios.

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