Advances in Food Security and Sustainability

The first volume of Advances in Food Security and Sustainability has been released. I have contributed a chapter on the post-political condition and global food security governance.


Advances in Food Security and Sustainability takes a scientific look at the challenges, constraints, and solutions necessary to maintain a healthy and accessible food supply in different communities around the world. The series addresses a wide range of issues related to the principles and practices of food sustainability and security, exploring challenges related to protecting environmental resources while meeting human nutritional requirements.

 Key Features

  • Contains expertise from leading contributions on the topics discussed
  • Covers a vast array of subjects relating to food security and sustainability

Table of Contents

  1. Advances in Food Security and Sustainability in South Africa
    S. Drimie and L. Pereira
  2. Analyzing the Adoption of Technology, Yield Gaps and Profitability of Major Food Grain Crops in West Bengal
    D. Mondal and C. Maji
  3. Potential of Public Purchases as Markets for Family Farming: An Analysis of Brazilian School Feeding Program Between 2011-2014
    S. Schneider, V.F. Thies, C. Grisa and W. Belik
  4. UK Horticulture Production and National Dietary Guidelines: Meeting the Gap
    V. Schoen and T. Lang
  5. Governing in a Post-Political Era: Civil Society Participation for Improved Food Security Governance
    J. Duncan

This book is VERY expensive, so I wont encourage you to buy it, instead, you could suggest your library purchase it!

Here is a short summary of my chapter.

The starting assumption of this chapter is that the governance of food security and governance more broadly, has taken on postpolitical characteristics that serve to hinder rather than advance the goals of ending hunger and ensuring the right to food for all. Conversely, meaningful participation of a diverse range of actors, particularly from civil society organizations (CSOs), are seeking to actively repoliticize the governance of food security at the global level with important implications for policy outcome, policy implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. In what follows, the postpolitical condition is described, with focus on three specific characteristics: increased technocratic processes; the push for consensus; and the embedded nature of neoliberalism.

The case of the reformed UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is then presented as a clear example of a policy-making forum where food security policies are being repoliticized with important implications. Attention is particularly paid to the role of CSOs as key actors working to repoliticize global food security governance. The chapter concludes with reflections on the potential of scaling up the model of the CFS to other intergovernmental organizations, and how the Committee is positioned with respect to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

(Duncan. 2016. 138-9)


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