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The Challenge of Food Security: International Policy and Regulatory Frameworks

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Edited by: Rosemary Rayfuse, Nicole Weisfelt

ISBN13: 9780857939371
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00



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This timely study addresses the pressing issue of food security through a range of interdisciplinary contributions, providing both scholarly and policy-making perspectives. It sets the discussion on food security within the little-studied context of its international legal and regulatory framework. The expert contributors explore the key issues from a development perspective and through the lens of existing governance and policy systems with a view to articulating how these systems can be made more effective in dealing with the roots of food insecurity.

The book considers the root causes of food insecurity before discussing the regulatory challenges inherent in reconciling food production and sustainability to ensure both adequate supply of and equitable access to food, particularly in light of emerging issues such as food price volatility, 'land grabbing' and the need to coordinate the actions of the multitude of actors that influence food policy and regulation. It highlights the need for more equitable, transparent and coherent policy and regulatory approaches to the myriad of issues that make up the food security challenge. This cross-cutting study will appeal to researchers in law, international relations, agricultural science and food systems, as well as to policy makers in government and international organisations that engage with policy and regulation of food security issues. It will also be essential reading for professionals in non-governmental organisations that are interested in development issues in general and food security in particular.

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Subjects:
Food Law
Contents:
Preface

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. The International Policy and Regulatory Challenges of Food Security: An Overview Rosemary Rayfuse and Nicole Weisfelt

PART II: ACCESS TO FOOD
2. A Fresh Look at the Roots of Food Insecurity Craig Pearson
3. Food Security in the Great Lakes Region: Reconciling Trade Liberalisation with Human Security Goals Anagha Joshi
4. Right to Food, Sustainable Development and Trade: All Faces of the Same Cube? Elisabeth Burgi Bonanomi

PART III: SUSTAINABILITY AND FOOD SECURITY
5. Crop Disease, Management and Food Security Rebecca Ford
6. Using Plant Genetic Resources to Ensure Food Security Bert Visser and Niels Louwaars
7. Water and Food Security Colin Chartres

PART IV: FOOD, TRADE AND INVESTMENT
8. The WTO and Food Security: What's Wrong with the Rules? Christian Haberli
9. The Financialisation of Agricultural Commodity Futures Trading: The 2006 - 2008 Global Food Crisis Nicola Colbran
10. Food Security, Sustainability and Trade Distortions: Fisheries Subsidies and the WTO Margaret Young
11. 'Land Grabbing' in the Shadow of the Law: Legal Frameworks Regulating the Global Land Rush Lorenzo Cotula

PART V: FOOD GOVERNANCE
12. Global Food Security Governance: The Committee for World Food Security, the Comprehensive Framework for Action and the G8/G20 Matias Margulis
13. Regional Initiatives on Food Security Saidul Islam and Iris Carla De Jesus
14. Food Security in the Era of Retail Governance Doris Fuchs, Katharina Glaab, Agni Kalfagianni and Richard Meyer-Eppler

Index