EurekaMag.com logo
+ Site Statistics
References:
53,214,146
Abstracts:
29,074,682
+ Search Articles
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
EurekaMag Most Shared ContentMost Shared
EurekaMag PDF Full Text ContentPDF Full Text
+ PDF Full Text
Request PDF Full TextRequest PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on FacebookFollow on Facebook
Follow on TwitterFollow on Twitter
Follow on Google+Follow on Google+
Follow on LinkedInFollow on LinkedIn

+ Translate

Food security politics and the Millennium Development Goals


Third World Quarterly 32(1): 119-139
Food security politics and the Millennium Development Goals
This article reviews proposals regarding the recent food crisis in the context of a broader, threshold debate on the future of agriculture and food security. While the MDGs have focused on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, the food crisis pushed the hungry over the one billion mark. There is thus a renewed focus on agricultural development, which pivots on the salience of industrial agriculture (as a supply source) in addressing food security. The World Bank's new 'agriculture for development' initiative seeks to improve small-farmer productivity with new inputs, and their incorporation into global markets via value-chains originating in industrial agriculture. An alternative claim, originating in 'food sovereignty' politics, demanding small-farmer rights to develop bio-regionally specific agro-ecological methods and provision for local, rather than global, markets, resonates in the IAASTD report, which implies agribusiness as usual ''is no longer an option'. The basic divide is over whether agriculture is a servant of economic growth, or should be developed as a foundational source of social and ecological sustainability. We review and compare these different paradigmatic approaches to food security, and their political and ecological implications.

(PDF same-day service: $19.90)

Accession: 053278174

PMID: 21591303

DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2011.543818



Related references

Agriculture, food security, nutrition and the Millennium Development Goals. Annual Report Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition and the Millennium Development Goals, 2003-2004: 5-19, 2003

The importance of vegetables in ensuring both food and nutritional security in attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. Food Security 3(4): 491-501, 2011

Drainage basin security--a key to reaching the water-related millennium development goals. Water Science and Technology 49(7): Xvii-Xvxx, 2004

Can Japan Contribute to the Post Millennium Development Goals? Making Human Security Mainstream through the TICAD Process. Tropical Medicine and Health 41(3): 135-142, 2013

Millennium Development Goals and food insecurity: where is the assessment leading us?. Archivos Argentinos de Pediatria 107(3): 197-198, 2009

Government expenditures on imported inputs and the goals of food self-sufficiency and food security in the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference. Journal of Agricultural Ethics 2(3): 191-207, 1989

The state of food insecurity in the world 2004. Monitoring progress towards the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goals. The state of food insecurity in the world 2004 Monitoring progress towards the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goals: 40 pp., 2004

The state of food insecurity in the world 2003. Monitoring progress towards the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goals. The state of food insecurity in the world 2003 Monitoring progress towards the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goals: 36 pp., 2002

Back to the future: what would the post-2015 global development goals look like if we replicated methods used to construct the Millennium Development Goals?. Globalization and Health 10(): 19-19, 2014

Improving Global Child Health in the Light of the (Old) Millennium Development Goals and the (New) Sustainable Development Goals. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 35(8): 918-919, 2016