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Food Security

Resources for Food Security students and researchers

Key Texts

Agricultural Urbanism: Handbook for Building Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems in 21st Century Cities: The book takes sustainable food systems far beyond the community garden and the buying of local food, into strategies for supporting local food processing, wholesale and marketing, education and training programs, as well as celebrating and creating a culture around food, at the same time as ensuring access to healthy food for all.

Cities, Poverty and Food: Multi-stakeholder Policy and Planning in Urban Agriculture: This book presents the experiences of the RUAF Foundation in multi-stakeholder policy formulation and action planning for urban agriculture gained in 20 cities of 17 countries participating in the Cities Farming for the Future program,seeking to enhance participatory governance, urban food security, urban poverty alleviation and improved urban environmental management.

Food Democracy: From Consumer to Food Citizen: Food democracy, as a concept, is a social movement based on the idea that people can and should be able to actively participate in shaping the food system rather than being passive spectators. This book highlights what food democracy looks like on the ground and how individuals, communities and societies can be empowered to access, cook and eat healthy food in ways that are sustainable.

Food Security Communications Toolkit: Geared to helping food security professionals develop a communication strategy and communicate more effectively with their target audiences. Specific sections of the toolkit focus on policy makers and the media, because of the important role they play in implementing and influencing food security policies. The toolkit also looks at specific information products such as policy briefs, reports and early warning bulletins, and suggests ways to structure and improve them. A section on writing effectively, which focuses on grammar and style, makes sure that written documents are easy to read. Finally, the toolkit gives tips for using the internet, social media and Web 2.0 tools as these technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for engaging in two way dialogues with global audiences.

The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities: The global food crisis is a stark reminder of the fragility of the global food system. This book captures the debate about how to go forward and examines the implications of the crisis for food security in the world's poorest countries, both for the global environment and for the global rules and institutions that govern food and agriculture.

The Handbook of Food Research: Presents in-depth essays from an international group of scholars and offers an essential roadmap of this dynamic field of study, with insight into past and present research and cutting-edge developments for future study.

The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society: The thirty-five handbook chapters confront four major themes in the politics of food: property, technology, justice and knowledge.

Maps and Atlases

The Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where, and Why: The Atlas of Food maps out broad areas of investigation--contamination of food and water, overnutrition, micronutrient deficiency, processing, farming, and trade--to offer a concise overview of today's food and farming concerns.

Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018: This atlas uses maps, charts and analysis to illustrate, trends, challenges and measurement issues related to each of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals: poverty, hunger, health, education, gender, water, energy, jobs, infrastructure, inequalities, cities, consumption, climate, oceans, the environment, peace, institutions, and partnerships.

The Atlas of World Hunger: The Atlas of World Hunger uses a conceptual framework informed by geography and agricultural economics to present a hunger index that combines food availability, household access, and nutritional outcomes into a single tool one that delivers a fuller understanding of the scope of global hunger, its underlying mechanisms, and the ways in which the goals for ending hunger can be achieved.


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