This book looks at food security from a socio-economic perspective. It offers a detailed and systematic examination of food security from its historical backgrounds, concepts and measurements, to the determinants and approaches to achieve food security. The book also introduces the key challenges and root causes of food insecurity.  

Through country-specific cases, the book highlights instances of both successful and disastrous national food security management and their outcomes. The invaluable learning experiences of these countries shed light on food security practices, and the straightforward demand-supply framework effectively guides readers in understanding food security issues.

This is an essential resource for anyone who is keen to learn more about food security, particularly researchers and university students who are new to the field. The book endeavours to help us reflect on the current phenomenon and strategize better for the future.

part 1|2 pages


chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

Food security

Concept and measurement

chapter Chapter 2|30 pages

Global food security

19An overview

part 2|2 pages

Food security

chapter Chapter 3|22 pages

Population and food demand

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

Income and food demand

chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

Other determinants of food demand

part 3|2 pages

Food security

chapter Chapter 6|20 pages

Natural resources and food supply

chapter Chapter 7|12 pages

Technological progress 
and food supply

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

Other determinants of food supply

part 4|2 pages

Coordinating demand and supply for food security

chapter Chapter 9|32 pages

Balancing food demand and supply for food security

145Approaches used at the
national level

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages

Coordinating demand and supply for food security

177Collaboration at the international level

part 5|2 pages

Quest for food security

chapter Chapter 11|26 pages

Country cases

Low and medium level of
food security

chapter Chapter 12|18 pages

Country cases

High level of food security

chapter Chapter 13|18 pages

Why countries’ food security levels differ

part 6|2 pages

Achieving food security

chapter Chapter 14|10 pages

Achieving food security

253The importance of institutions