Hunger is a daily reality for a billion people. More than six
decades after the technological discoveries that led to the Green
Revolution aimed at ending world hunger, regular food shortages,
malnutrition, and poverty still plague vast swaths of the world.
And with increasing food prices, climate change, resource
inequality, and an ever-increasing global population, the future
holds further challenges.
In One Billion Hungry, Sir Gordon Conway, one of the
world's foremost experts on global food needs, explains the many
interrelated issues critical to our global food supply from the
science of agricultural advances to the politics of food security.
He expands the discussion begun in his influential The Doubly
Green Revolution: Food for All in the Twenty-First Century,
emphasizing the essential combination of increased food production,
environmental stability, and poverty reduction necessary to end
endemic hunger on our planet.
Beginning with a definition of hunger and how it is calculated,
and moving through issues topically both detailed and
comprehensive, each chapter focuses on specific challenges and
solutions, ranging in scope from the farmer's daily life to the
global movement of food, money, and ideas. Drawing on the latest
scientific research and the results of projects around the world,
Conway addresses the concepts and realities of our global food
needs: the legacy of the Green Revolution; the impact of market
forces on food availability; the promise and perils of genetically
modified foods; agricultural innovation in regard to crops,
livestock, pest control, soil, and water; and the need to both
adapt to and slow the rate of climate change. One Billion
Hungry will be welcomed by all readers seeking a multifacted
understanding of our global food supply, food security,
international agricultural development, and sustainability.
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