The Challenge of Food Security
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The Challenge of Food Security

International Policy and Regulatory Frameworks

Edited by Rosemary Rayfuse and Nicole Weisfelt

This timely study addresses the pressing issue of food security through a range of interdisciplinary contributions, providing both scholarly and policy-making perspectives. It sets the discussion on food security within the little-studied context of its international legal and regulatory framework. The expert contributors explore the key issues from a development perspective and through the lens of existing governance and policy systems with a view to articulating how these systems can be made more effective in dealing with the roots of food insecurity.
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Chapter 13: Regional initiatives on food security

Md Saidul Islam and Iris Carla De Jesus


While the concept of food security is not new to humanity, the importance of redefining the concept in favour of improving and strengthening the security of our food systems, and the availability, accessibility and sustainability of food sources to feed the world, has come to light in recent years. In 1996, the World Food Summit was held in Rome to respond to the growing numbers of undernourished and impoverished people in the world and to find ways of reaching the goal of food security. This goal was again reiterated at the Millennium Summit held in New York in 2000. At this meeting, members of the United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration, which contains the goals and targets for, among other important areas of human development, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Realization of these targets requires, among other things, effective regional initiatives to encourage government bodies, and regional and global fora, to implement policies in a practical way to improve their food security.

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