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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Agriculture and Food Security

Agriculture and Food Security

(p.432) Chapter 25 Agriculture and Food Security
International Development

Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan

Rajul Pandya-Lorch

Sivan Yosef

Oxford University Press

The discourse about agriculture and its link to food security have evolved greatly over the past century. Early thinking focused solely on the ability to increase the production of staple foods to meet a real or assumed growth in population. Modern discourse looks at agriculture as a way to meet food security in all its facets, including availability of and access to food and nutrition diets among individuals and households, as well as the health of producers, consumers, and the environment. Furthermore, agriculture has a role in economic growth, at the national level as well as in the livelihoods of rural populations. Yet this holistic view of agriculture and food security is often challenging to put into practice, as evidenced by case studies from Asia and Africa. Recent food price crises put agriculture and food security back on the global agenda, giving the sector a chance to reinvent itself.

Keywords:   agriculture, agricultural development, food security, nutrition security

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