Food Security and Global Environmental Change by Diana Liverman, John Ingram, Polly Ericksen (Paperback, 2010)
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- DescriptionGlobal 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 contribute to GEC by, for example, intensifying greenhouse gas emissions and altering the land surface. Responses aimed at adapting to GEC may have negative consequences for food security, just as measures taken to increase food security may exacerbate GEC. The authors show that this complex and dynamic relationship between GEC and food security is also influenced by additional factors; food systems are heavily influenced by socioecomic conditions, which in turn are affected by multiple processes such as macro-level ecomic policies, political conflicts and other important drivers. The book provides a major, accessible synthesis of the current state of kwledge and thinking on the relationships between GEC and food security. Most other books addressing the subject concentrate on the links between climate change and agricultural production, and do t extend to an analysis of the wider food system which underpins food security; this book addresses the broader issues, based on a vel food system concept and stressing the need for actions at a regional, rather than just an international or local, level. It reviews new thinking which has emerged over the last decade, analyses research methods for stakeholder engagement and for undertaking studies at the regional level, and looks forward by reviewing a number of emerging 'hot topics' in the food security-GEC debate which help set new agendas for the research community at large. Published with Earth System Science Partnership, GECAFS and SCOPE
- Author BiographyJohn Ingram is Executive Officer at the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) International Project Office, Environmental Change Institute (ECI), Oxford University Centre for the Environment, UK. Polly Ericksen was Science Officer at the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) International Project Office, Environmental Change Institute (ECI), Oxford University Centre for the Environment, UK. She is now at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya. Diana Liverman is Chair of the GECAFS Scientific Advisory Committee, co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and a Visiting Professor in Environmental Policy and Development in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
- Author(s)Diana Liverman,John Ingram,Polly Ericksen
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication14/10/2010
- SubjectAgriculture & Farming
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEarthscan Ltd
- Content NoteDiagrams, tables, graphs, index
- Weight612 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine33 mm
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