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Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa


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Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa's persistent food insecurity and vulnerability to famine reflects failures of understanding as much as failures of interventions. "Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa" aims to contribute towards an improved understanding for more effective food security policy. This book brings together 11 substantial chapters on critical food security issues, and draws on a variety of disciplinary perspectives, from agricultural economics to nutrition. Most contributions reflect an evolution of thinking during the 1990s. Food insecurity is no longer seen simply as a problem of agriculture and a failure of food production at the national level, but instead as a failure of livelihoods to guarantee access to sufficient food at household level. This conceptual shift and related arguments are presented in a clear and accessible way for the non-specialist reader, and are illustrated with empirical data and case studies from across the sub-continent.

Author Biography

Stephen Devereux is a development economist at IDS Sussex. He is the author of Theories of Famine and has a long interest in food security and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Simon Maxwell was Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London between 1997-2009. He previously worked overseas for ten years, in Kenya, India and Bolivia; and from 1981-1997 was a Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, latterly as Programme Manager for Poverty, Food Security and the Environment.
Release date NZ
January 20th, 1999
Edited by Simon Maxwell Edited by Stephen Devereux
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
ITDG Publishing
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