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Food Policy for Developing Countries: The Role of Government in Global, National, and Local Food Systems

by Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Derrill Watson Cornell University Press
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Despite technological advances in agriculture, nearly a billion people around the world still suffer from hunger and poor nutrition while a billion are overweight or obese. This imbalance highlights the need not only to focus on food production but also to implement successful food policies.

In this new textbook intended to be used with the three volumes of Case Studies in Food Policy for Developing Countries (also from Cornell), the 2001 World Food Prize laureate Per Pinstrup-Andersen and his colleague Derrill D. Watson II analyze international food policies and discuss how such policies can and must address the many complex challenges that lie ahead in view of continued poverty, globalization, climate change, food price volatility, natural resource degradation, demographic and dietary transitions, and increasing interests in local and organic food production.

Food Policy for Developing Countries offers a ''social entrepreneurship'' approach to food policy analysis. Calling on a wide variety of disciplines including economics, nutrition, sociology, anthropology, environmental science, medicine, and geography, the authors show how all elements in the food system function together.

Chapter 1: Toward a Dynamic Global Food System
Toward a Global Food Systems Approach ' The Global Food System ' Complex Systems Analysis ' Organizations That Impact the Food System ' Emerging Trends and Driving Forces

Chapter 2: Food Policy
Definition of Food Policy ' Political Economics ' Stakeholder Analysis ' Food Policy in the Global Food System ' How Do Governments Intervene? ' Macroeconomic Policies and the Food System ' A Political Economy Analysis of Food Policy

Chapter 3: Human Health and Nutrition Policies
Dietary Energy and Nutrients ' Other Food System Interactions with Human Health ' Current World Health and Nutrition Situation ' Nutrition Transition ' Economic Payoffs from Health and Nutrition Improvements ' Policy Options to Improve Health and Nutrition ' Comparing Alternatives: An Example of Efforts to Reduce Dietary Iron Deficiency

Chapter 4: Food Security, Consumption, and Demand Policies
The Food Consumption Situation ' Food Security: Millennium Development Goals and the World Food Summit ' Household Choices: Coping and Adaptation ' Population Growth and Demographic Transitions ' Consumer and Household Demand Analysis ' Food Consumption Analysis ' Food Consumption Policies

Chapter 5: Poverty Alleviation Policies
World Poverty Situation ' Who Stays Poor? ' Conceptual Issues of Multidimensional Poverty ' Poverty and the Food System ' Poverty Reduction Policies

Chapter 6: Domestic Market Policies
A Marketing System ' Introductory Theory of the Firm ' Food Markets ' Structural Change in Food Markets ' Food Marketing Policies

Chapter 7: Food Production and Supply Policies
The Economic Importance of Agricultural Production ' Food Production Situation ' New Farming Techniques ' Increasing Yields through Research and the Green Revolution ' Smallholder Agriculture ' Policies for Production and Supply ' Contextual Policies

Chapter 8: Climate Change, Energy, and Natural Resource Management Policies
The Food System and Natural Resource Management ' Environmental Externalities Related to the Food System ' Climate Change and the Food System ' Poverty, Hunger, and Sustainability Goals: Trade-Offs and Policy Implications ' The Environmental Kuznets Curve and Full-Costing ' Policy Options to Maintain Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Chapter 9: Governance and Institutions
Institutions in Economics ' Governance Situation ' Governance and the Food System ' Recent Trends in Governance ' International Governance

Chapter 10: Globalization and the Food System
The International Food Trade Situation ' The International Capital Market ' International Technology Transfer ' The Role of Biotechnology ' The International Labor Market ' Policies to Guide Globalization

Chapter 11: Ethical Aspects of Food Systems
Ethical Systems ' Social Welfare Functions and Pareto Efficiency ' Equity and Equality ' Households and Other Actors ' Poverty, Hunger, and Nutrition ' Food Safety ' Food Sovereignty ' Markets and Morality ' Animal Welfare and Environmental Ethics ' Trade and Aid ' Implicit Normativity in Research ' Biotechnology

"Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Derrill D. Watson II serve up a rich multidisciplinary diet of insights into the incidence, causes, and cures for hunger in developing countries. The exceptional insights dished out by these authors known for their long practical and scholarly experience needs to be savored and digested by every student of food policy for the poor."

 Per Pinstrup-Andersen is the H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University. He is the coauthor of Food Policy for Developing Countries: The Role of Government in Global, National, and Local Food Systems, editor of The African Food System and Its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition and coeditor of Case Studies in Food Policy for Developing Countries, volumes I, II, and III, also from Cornell, and author or editor of many other books and journal articles.

Derrill D. Watson II is Assistant Professor of Economics at the American University of Nigeria.