Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life
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Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life

Edited by Deborah M. Figart and Tonia L. Warnecke

The Handbook illuminates complex facets of the economic and social provisioning process across the globe. The contributors – academics, policy analysts and practitioners from wide-ranging areas of expertise – discuss the methodological approaches to, and analytical tools for, conducting research on the gender dimension of economic life. They also provide analyses of major issues facing both developed and developing countries. Topics explored include civil society, discrimination, informal work, working time, central bank policy, health, education, food security, poverty, migration, environmental activism and the financial crisis.
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Chapter 29: Gender and food security

Anandita Philipose and Mishka Saffar


The challenge of addressing food insecurity has been a focus of renewed international development efforts in recent years in light of the food, fuel, and financial crises in2008–09 and the more recent famine in the Horn of Africa. Food security goes beyond the mere supply of food to encompass the entire chain of availability, access and utilization of food by all people – a chain that has been coined ‘from farm to plate’, a phrase used by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank. People can be chronically food insecure (never have sufficient quality food) or seasonally food insecure (those whose diet is conditioned by seasonality) or transitorily food in secure (those who are normally food secure but become food insecure in situations of economic, climatic, or civil shocks). Research, policy responses, and programmatic interventions have been focused on how to ensure that millions of people do not continue to go hungry in a world of diminishing resources.

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