Food Security: Challenges, Role of Biotechnologies and Implications for Developing Countries


Annabelle Harvie (Editor)

Series: Biotechnology in Agriculture, Industry and Medicine
BISAC: SCI010000

Discussions of food security usually focus on the question “Can we feed the world?” Providing enough food is a major challenge. To do so without unacceptable environmental impacts, so that food sufficiency is not compromised over time, is a deeper challenge that systemically links to other issues of sustainability, notably including climate change. This book discusses several challenges involved in providing food security. It also examines the role of biotechnologies and the implications for developing countries. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Food Security: Some Inconvenient Questions (pp. 1-12)
Richard E. White (Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA)

Chapter 2 – Sustainable Food Production and Dairy Herd Health: A Key Role for the Veterinary Surgeon (pp. 13-38)
Jonathan Statham, Martin Green, James Husband, Jonathan Huxley and Sian Statham (Bishopton Veterinary Group/RAFT Solutions Ltd, UK, and others)

Chapter 3 – Using Landsat Images to Detect Land Cover Change and Associated Impact on Food Security in the Neighborhood of Surface Coal Mines (pp. 39-52)
Lubos Matejicek (Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Natural Science, Benatska, Prague, Czech Republic)

Chapter 4 – The Contribution of Non-Wood Forest Products to Food Security: An Overview from Some African and European Countries (pp. 53-72)
Dele Raheem, Christian Kuhlgatz, Geraldine A. Rasheli and Kirsi Jokela (Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, and others)

Chapter 5 – Biofuels and Food Security in Developing Countries (pp. 73-92)
Tatsuji Koizumi (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO))

Chapter 6 – A Spatial Typology of Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (pp. 93-124)
Zhe Guo and Bingxin Yu (International Food Policy Research Institute)

Chapter 7 – Towards Building a Sustainable Food System in Sub-Saharan Africa: Meeting the Emerging Challenges for Food and Nutrition Security (pp. 125-142)
Bishwajit Ghose, Sajeeb Sarker and Sharmistha Ghosh (School of Social Medicine, Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, Hubei, P.R. China, and others)

Chapter 8 – Climate Change and Biofuel Production: Implications for Agricultural Land Use and Food Security in African Countries (pp. 143-160)
Richard J. Culas and Umar M. Mustapha (School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Orange NSW, Australia)



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