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The World Food Problem: Toward Ending Undernutrition in the Third World [Paperback]

Howard D. Leathers , Phillips Foster
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July 20, 2009 1588266389 978-1588266385 4
Why do millions of people in the less-developed countries go hungry, while there is an abundance of food in the world? What can be done about it? These are the issues explored in this accessible and comprehensive text.

In addition to incorporating updated data throughout, this new edition includes: a comprehensive description and analysis of the 2008 food crisis; an expanded discussion of the impact of using food crops to produce biofuels; new case studies and recent examples to illustrate key points; examples of successful and unsuccessful policy approaches; reference to the latest research findings (with more than 150 new citations).

The result is the best available analysis of the current world food problem, as well as a provocative assessment of prospects for the future.

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Editorial Reviews


Why are there still approximately 1 billion people who do not have food security? This excellent book ... gives the facts, explains the causes and suggests mitigating policies.... It is a must for all who are deeply concerned with the unacceptable scale of abject poverty and undernutrition that exists in the world today. --Richard Strange, Food Security

A boldly multidisciplinary approach that captures all the complexity of the causes of, and solutions to, hunger ... in an engaging and often witty manner that is simple but never simplistic. --Mark G. Cohen, Hunger Notes

A fine book, which should be widely adopted as a text for world food courses. --George J. Viksnins, Journal of Developing Areas

About the Author

Howard D. Leathers is associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers; 4 edition (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588266389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588266385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing breakdown of complex problems July 31, 2011
I bought this book for a course I was taking at Iowa State University. It is a jewel. The book provides comprehensive but easy-to-understand explanations for exceptionally complex problems. I was especially impressed (and grateful) at the authors' conceptualization of commodities markets and the intentions and results of various well-meaning agricultural policies. I may not have any answers but I feel I better understand the problems. And as the GI Joe's taught us, knowing is half the battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read March 31, 2013
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Purchased this as a textbook, (S/O to Howard Leathers if he ever reads this) it not only is an interesting textbook, it also contains a lot of valuable information for anyone casually interested in the subject, written in a fashion that will catch your attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of food security issues June 21, 2010
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I had to buy this text as part of my masters course, which I never like doing. In the end, however, I found the book provided a good overview of the many, many issues that impact on food security with useful examples and explained in terms that a non economist or agronomist can understand. Recommended if you are starting off in the area or want a good overview of the issues. As an added bonus it also has a nice little economic argument for why becoming vegetarian won't save the world which I've found very useful when having dinner with friends who've done just that (become vegetarians to save the world) and are preaching at me while I try and eat my steak in peace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good January 28, 2013
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I got the book in an okay time frame and it was just as i expected it to look like.
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