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The World Food Problem: Toward Understanding and Ending Undernutrition in the Developing World, 5th edition

Howard D. Leathers with Phillips Foster
The World Food Problem: Toward Understanding and Ending Undernutrition in the Developing World, 5th edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-451-5
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ISBN: 978-1-62637-656-4
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2017/457 pages/LC: 2016041275
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Praise for the previous editions:

"A boldly multidisciplinary approach that captures all the complexity of the causes of, and solutions to, hunger ... in an engaging and often witty manner that is simple but never simplistic."—Mark G. Cohen, Hunger Notes

"Why are there still approximately 1 billion people who do not have food security? This excellent book ... gives the facts, explains the causes and suggests mitigating policies."—Richard Strange, Food Security

"An important addition to the reading list for economic courses on the world food problem."—Roland Herrmann, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

"A fine book, which should be widely adopted as a text for world food courses."—George J. Viksnins, Journal of Developing Areas

DESCRIPTION

The fifth edition of The World Food Problem reflects nearly a decade of new research on the causes and potential solutions to the problems of producing and distributing food in developing countries.

With extensively updated data and new case studies throughout, this edition includes new or expanded discussions of such issues as:
     • genetically modified food
     • the impact of climate change
     • the quality of agricultural land and water
     • the significance of globalization
     • implications of changes in demographic policy, such as the reversal of China's "one-child rule"

The result is an accessible, comprehensive text, as well as a provocative assessment of prospects for the future.

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.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • THE FACTS ABOUT MALNUTRITION.
  • Famines: The Historical Context.
  • Defining Malnutrition.
  • Measuring Undernutrition.
  • Why Does It Matter?
  • Who, When, Where?
  • ADDRESSING CAUSES OF UNDERNUTRITION. 
  • Supply and Demand.
  • It's Not Food vs. Population.
  • The Problem of Income.
  • Other Factors Influencing Demand.
  • Issues of Agricultural Land and Water.
  • Environmental Degradation and Climate Change.
  • The Potential of Input Intensity.
  • The Potential of New Technology.
  • An Important Aside: The Question of Health.
  • POLICY APPROACHES TO UNDERNUTRITION.
  • Philosophical Approaches to Food Policy.
  • Raising the Incomes of the Poor.
  • Population Policy.
  • Subsidizing Consumption.
  • It's All About Distribution (Isn't It?).
  • Raising Prices Paid to Farmers.
  • Increasing Food Supply.
  • ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS.
  • The Future of World Food Supply and Demand.