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Routledge Library Editions: Food Supply and Policy


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This collection of reissued titles covers a range of issues related to food supply and policy. Originally published between 1941 and 1999, the books here look at hunger and food provision both in the developing world and the developed. A few are historical in focus but many are very relevant still to issues of today. 

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Politics and Poverty: A Critique of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Politics and Poverty: A Critique of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

1st Edition

John Abbott
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1992. At its foundation FAO was conceived as an organization that would bring together health and agriculture. It would manage the world’s food output to greater advantage and improve the well-being of its people. Almost a half-century on, FAO faced mounting criticism from...

The Fight for Food: Factors Limiting Agricultural Production

The Fight for Food: Factors Limiting Agricultural Production

1st Edition

Harold E. Croxall, Lionel P. Smith
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1984. Without technical Jargon or a mass of confusing statistics, this book describes a wide range of factors influencing agricultural productivity including weather, soil biology and ecology, and human, social, economic and political factors. The ways in which these factors...

The Political Economy of African Famine

The Political Economy of African Famine

1st Edition

R. E. Downs, Donna O. Kerner, Stephen P. Reyna
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1991. This volume explores the combination of political and economic forces that influence different levels of food supply. The book begins with a discussion of famine theories, ranging from cultural ecology to neo-Marxism. Following this survey is a series of essays by...

Urban Food Marketing and Third World Rural Development: The Structure of Producer-Seller Markets

Urban Food Marketing and Third World Rural Development: The Structure of Producer-Seller Markets

1st Edition

T. Scarlett Epstein
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1982. This book explores the nature of food marketing in Third World countries. Economic development invariably involves a transition from the traditional subsistence and/or barter economics to increasing participation in cash transactions. In many less developed countries...

Britain's Food Supplies

Britain's Food Supplies

1st Edition

K. G. Fenelon
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1952. In this fascinating book that examines the statistics, the term food supplies is interpreted in a wide sense and it deals among other matters with such subjects as supplies from home agriculture and from overseas; food consumption; controls, rationing and price...

United States Foreign Economic Policy-making: An Analysis of the Use of Food Resources 1972-1980

United States Foreign Economic Policy-making: An Analysis of the Use of Food Resources 1972-1980

1st Edition

Kenneth A. Gold
July 31, 2019

This book develops an analytical framework for understanding United States foreign agricultural policy through a "state interest" approach, and describes and analyses seven cases of food policy decisions through this perspective which shows that decision makers sought on most occasions to utilise...

Hunger and Food Assistance Policy in the United States

Hunger and Food Assistance Policy in the United States

1st Edition

Regina Galer-Unti
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1995. This study collects and analyses the results of hunger studies carried out in the United States during the 1980s, whether national, state or local. It also reviews the history and development of food assistance programs and policy. This is an unusual and fascinating...

The Meat Business: Devouring a Hungry Planet

The Meat Business: Devouring a Hungry Planet

1st Edition

Geoff Tansey, Joyce D'Silva
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1999. The theme running through this collection of essays is that food quality and human health, the welfare of animals and the methods of farming, and the quality of the environment, go hand-in-hand. This theme continues along the lines that the present system is harmful to...

The Politics of Hunger: The Global Food System

The Politics of Hunger: The Global Food System

1st Edition

John W. Warnock
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1987. This important and provocative book explains the persistence of hunger, poverty, and the lack of balanced development in many countries and the central role of agriculture in economic development. Most theories of agricultural development are based on the experiences...

World Population and World Food Supplies

World Population and World Food Supplies

1st Edition

E. John Russell
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1954. This great work surveys the distribution of the world’s population and the food production of all countries chosen as important by reason of either their demands on the world food market or their contributions to it. The author concludes that the more advanced...

Food Supplies in the Aftermath of World War II

Food Supplies in the Aftermath of World War II

1st Edition

Edith Hirsch
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1993. This study was written in 1946 having been commissioned by a large corporation in the food industry. The insights from this agricultural economics perspective even now are highly interesting. At the time there was real concern over food shortage and the UN and US...

African Food Systems in Crisis: Part One: Microperspectives

African Food Systems in Crisis: Part One: Microperspectives

1st Edition

Rebecca Huss-Ashmore, Solomon H Katz
July 31, 2019

Originally published in 1990. Produced by the Task Force on African Famine of the American Anthropological Association, this is the first of a multi-part project dealing with the long-term and ongoing food crisis in Africa primarily at the level of local production-the microperspective. It offers a...

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