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FAO World Food Day 2012

World Food Day 2012 took place today and in recognition of its importance we have pulled together a list of some of our most relevant books.

The theme for 2012 is "Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world" and more information on the objectives of World Food Day can be found here.

"Tools such as the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) to improve market transparency are remarkable achievements of the International Community, but transparency alone could not be sufficient ... high and volatile food prices are likely to continue" - Paolo De Castro, president of the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament and an editor of 'The Politics of Land and Food Scarcity'

A selection of relevant titles are included below.

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  1. The Politics of Land and Food Scarcity

    Edited by Paolo De Castro, Felice Adinolfi, Fabian Capitanio, Salvatore Di Falco, Angelo Di Mambro

    Series: Earthscan Food and Agriculture

    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...

    Published October 22nd 2012 by Routledge

  2. Food Systems Failure

    The Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture

    Edited by Christopher Rosin, Paul Stock, Hugh Campbell

    Series: Earthscan Food and Agriculture

    This book provides a critical assessment of the contemporary global food system in light of the heightening food crisis, as evidence of its failure to achieve food security for the world's population. A key aspect of this failure is identified in the neoliberal strategies which emphasize industrial...

    Published November 1st 2011 by Routledge

  3. Economics of Agricultural Development

    2nd Edition

    By George W. Norton, Jeffrey Alwang, William A. Masters

    Series: Routledge Textbooks in Environmental and Agricultural Economics

    The globalization of goods, services and capital for agriculture is fundamental to the future of developing countries and has major implications for the fight against poverty and sustainability of the environment. In recent years, agriculture has once again returned to a position of centre stage as...

    Published December 20th 2009 by Routledge

  4. Global Food-Price Shocks and Poor People

    Themes and Case Studies

    Edited by Marc J. Cohen, Melinda Smale

    Series: Development in Practice Books

    This book examines the effects of high and volatile food prices during 2007-08 on low-income farmers and consumers in developing, transition, and industrialized countries. Previous studies of this crisis have mostly used models to estimate the likely impacts. This volume includes actual evidence...

    Published December 5th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Food and Development

    By E.M. Young

    Series: Routledge Perspectives on Development

    The relationship between food and development has always been controversial. Over the last thirty years, development in the north and south has failed to deliver people a decent diet. While some people have too little food and die as a consequence, some people have too much food and die from...

    Published March 15th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Competition and Efficiency in International Food Supply Chains

    Improving Food Security

    By John Williams

    Series: Earthscan Food and Agriculture

    Why have food crises seemingly become more frequent in recent years, compared to the last few decades? This book examines an array of different issues and distortions that are causing food supply chain dysfunction in many countries, particularly for staple non-perishable foods such as grains,...

    Published June 13th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Food, Globalization and Sustainability

    By Peter Oosterveer, David A. Sonnenfeld

    Food is increasingly traded internationally, thereby transforming the organization of food production and consumption globally and influencing most food-related practices. This transition is generating unfamiliar challenges related to sustainability of food provision, the social impacts of...

    Published October 5th 2011 by Routledge

  8. The Sociology of Food and Agriculture

    By Michael Carolan

    Series: Earthscan Food and Agriculture

    As interest has increased in topics such as the globalization of the agrifood system, food security, and food safety, the subjects of food and agriculture are making their way into a growing number of courses in disciplines within the social sciences and the humanities, like sociology and food...

    Published March 11th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Diversifying Food and Diets

    Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health

    Edited by Jessica Fanzo, Danny Hunter, Teresa Borelli, Federico Mattei

    Series: Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity

    Currently 868 million people are undernourished and 195 million children under five years of age are stunted. At the same time, over 1 billion people are overweight and obese in both the developed and developing world. Diseases previously associated with affluence, such as cancer, diabetes and...

    Published April 5th 2013 by Routledge

  10. The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture

    Managing Systems at Risk

    By Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture is FAO's first flagship publication on the global status of land and water resources. It is an 'advocacy' report, to be published every three to five years, and targeted at senior level decision makers in agriculture as...

    Published November 1st 2011 by Routledge

  11. Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability

    Edited by Geoffrey Lawrence, Kristen Lyons, Tabatha Wallington

    As the threats of food insecurity loom ever larger, the world faces the sad irony of food shortages in the global South alongside a purported 'obesity epidemic' in the global North. The twin issues of food production and food access are of particular concern in the context of climate change, 'peak...

    Published May 5th 2011 by Routledge

  12. Food Security and Global Environmental Change

    Edited by John Ingram, Polly Ericksen, Diana Liverman

    Global environmental change (GEC) represents an immediate and unprecedented threat to the food security of hundreds of millions of people, especially those who depend on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. As this book shows, at the same time, agriculture and related activities also...

    Published October 14th 2010 by Routledge