In recent years the issue of food security has become centre stage in the global agenda. Since the 2007/8 food price crisis, a number of works have been published on the topic, addressed from various perspectives: economic, social and cultural, environmental, agronomic and climate change. Very rarely is there a comprehensive approach, which also includes the crucial issue of politics.
Through a multidisciplinary approach, The Politics of Land and Food Scarcity provides an overview of the new global challenges connected with land, food supply and agriculture. It also contributes to engagement in a new global food policy, through a political analysis of land and food scarcity, including 'land grabs' by affluent countries in poorer nations. It does not simply raise the debate; rather it aspires to move forward the debate that has started with the G20 meetings. It discusses how national governments, local agricultural policies and supranational entities are facing the new scenario of feeding a growing population when land resources are limited and subject to competing claims.
Foreword Romano Prodi
Part 1: Food Insecurity
1. There Are More of Us; We're Better off. And Now?
2. Nature Calling
3. Reckoning with Instability Interview: with Franz Fischler (Ex European Commissioner for Agriculture)
Part 2: Everyone's Problem
4. Fat Cows, Lean Cows
5. Land Ahoy! Interview: with Michael Taylor (International Land Coalition)
Part 3: A Global Food Security Policy
6. Starting from G20 Contributions: Policy Makers Taking Responsibility - Martin Schulz, President of the S&D Group, European Parliament
More Research and Greater Courage to Change - Joseph Daul, President of the EPP Group, European Parliament
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Paolo De Castro is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the University of Bologna, Italy, and Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development at the European Parliament. Felice Adinolfi is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the University of Bologna, Italy. Fabian Capitanio is Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the University of Naples, Italy. Salvatore Di Falco is Lecturer in Environment and Development Economics at the London School of Economics, UK. Angelo Di Mambro is a freelance journalist based in Brussels, Belgium.