Recognizing that millions of people in the less-developed countries continue to go hungry while there is more than enough food in the world to feed them, the authors of The World Food Problem tackle the question of why - and what can be done about it. Entirely new to the third edition are chapters on the history of famine, the basic economics of supply and demand, and economics and policy analysis. Throughout, data have been brought up-to-date and recent policy debates explored; the discussion is enriched with frequent examples of current problems and policies. This highly readable and comprehensive text provides an accessible analysis of the state of world food supply and demand, as well as an assessment of prospects for the future.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Malnutrition: What Are The Facts? Famine. Malnutrition Defined. Measuring Undernutrition. Impacts of Undernutrition. Undernutrition: Who, Where, When? Causes Of Undernutrition. Economics: Supply and Demand. The Concept of Food Security. It is Not Food vs. Population. Income Distribution and Undernutrition. Demographic and Other Factors Influencing Food Demand. Agricultural Land, Water, and Yields. Agricultural Production and the Environment. Technological Change: Increasing Yields and Reducing Environmental Damage. Health-Related Causes of Undernutrition. Policy Approaches To Undernutrition. Philosophical Approaches to Undernutrition. Policies Aimed at Health-Related Causes of Undernutrition. Policies Aimed at Raising the Income of the Poor. Policies Aimed at Demographic Causes of Undernutrition. Policies Aimed at Lowering the Price of Food Through Subsidized Consumption. Policies Aimed at Improving Access to Food: It's All About Distribution (Isn't It?). Policies that Raise Prices Paid to Farmers: Direct Subsidies and Eliminating Urban Bias. Policies Aimed at Lowering the Price of Food by Increasing the Supply. World Food Supply and Demand for the Next Half Century: Some Alternate Scenarios.