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Improving Food Security

By Michael Hubbard
ISBN: 9781853393112
Improving Food Security discusses in a practical way the participative assessment of malnutrition and food security problems, how to improve nutrition, food and livestock markets, water supplies, finance, and co-operation between NGOs and governments, as well as the importance of strengthening local preparedness for famine prevention.

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  • Synopsis
    In many parts of the world, food insecurity and nutritional risk is often greater for females than for males, in infancy, in parenthood (particularly during pregnancy, nursing and as single parents), and in old age. Further, women are usually the key decision-makers in child nutrition. Therefore a substantial part of the challenge in improving household food security involves raising the incomes and education of disadvantaged women. For policy makers and students as well as rural development managers and others with an interest in food security, Improving Food Security discusses in a practical way the participative assessment of malnutrition and food security problems, how to improve nutrition, food and livestock markets, water supplies, finance, and co-operation between NGOs and governments, as well as the importance of strengthening local preparedness for famine prevention.
  • Table of Contents
    Preface vii
    1. PLIGHT AND POWER OF THE RURAL
    MANAGER 1
    The person in the middle 1
    What the rural manager needs to know about food 2
    security
    2. ASSESSING FOOD SECURITY IN THE LOCALITY 7
    Local food security and nutrition 7
    Carrying out a local food security and nutrition audit 12
    A local food security strategy 18
    Summary 21
    3. NUTRITION, HEALTH AND DISEASE 22
    Nutrition priorities in rural areas 23
    Finding out whether there is a nutrition problem in the 26
    area
    Designing programmes to improve nutrition 33
    Summary 38
    4. FOOD SUPPLIES AND PRICES 39
    State and market 39
    Techniques for finding out how well local food markets 41
    work
    What can be done to overcome problems 50
    Summary 61
    5. CREATING INCOMES AND EMPLOYMENT 63
    The changing rural employment problem 63
    Why government and NGOs should be involved in 63
    trying to raise and maintain people's incomes
    Indirect measures: creating an environment that fosters 65
    productive employment for the poor
    Direct measures to raise incomes 68
    Summary 89
    6. WATER 90
    The rural water management problem 90
    Potential benefits of improved water supplies 91
    Government-village partnership in water management 91
    Government's role in building sustained self-help in 93
    water management
    Key food security issues involving water 94
    Summary 97
    7. LIVESTOCK 99
    Managing the local livestock sector during a drought 99
    Managing livestock development to promote food 104
    security: Dos and Don'ts
    Summary 107
    8. FINANCE FOR LOCAL FOOD SECURITY 109
    Assessing the local financial system as it affects the poor 110
    Improving the local financial system for the poor 113
    Improving project funding 116
    Summary 118
    9. GOVERNMENT-NGO CO-OPERATION 120
    The nature of NGOs 120
    NGO dilemmas 121
    Working with local NGOs 122
    Strengths and weaknesses of national and foreign 122
    NGOs
    NGOs and food security 124
    Summary 125
    10. PREPAREDNESS FOR FAMINE PREVENTION 127
    The basis for disaster preparedness 128
    Essential disaster preparedness measures: national and 130
    local
    Making local preparedness administration more 137
    effective under adverse circumstances
    Appendix I: Rapid and participatory appraisal tools 139
    Appendix II: Kenya's Turkana District drought
    preparedness plan 142
    Glossary of food security terms 145
    Notes 147
    References 149
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Michael Hubbard
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 160
    Format Paperback / softback