Rethinking the food security debate in Asia: Some missing ecological and health dimensions and solutions

Wahlqvist, Mark L, McKay, John, Chang, Ya- Chen and Chiu, Ya- Wen 2012, Rethinking the food security debate in Asia: Some missing ecological and health dimensions and solutions, Food security, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 657-670, doi: 10.1007/s12571-012-0211-2.

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Title Rethinking the food security debate in Asia: Some missing ecological and health dimensions and solutions
Author(s) Wahlqvist, Mark L
McKay, John
Chang, Ya- Chen
Chiu, Ya- Wen
Journal name Food security
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 657
End page 670
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2012-12-01
ISSN 1876-4517
Keyword(s) Ecosystems
Non-traditional security
Population health
Food prices
Summary Food security is a global and regional concern of rapidly increasing consequence. It is at risk of inattention because of competing crises, because of its theoretical amenability to previously effective, if temporary measures, most impressively with the so-called Green Revolution and because of the recourse to the global trade paradigm as a putative solution. We identify some missing or under-emphasised dimensions in this analysis, with particular reference to Asia, which in spite of recent growth-or in some cases because of it-faces particularly daunting food problems. Greater emphasis needs to be given to population size and distribution through more concerted family planning and enlightened migration policy; public policy to retain or encourage plant-based diets; integration of food, health and environmental approaches to create resilient regional food systems; and the incorporation of food into the broader human security agenda. While regional organisations, along with their NGO counterparts and nation states, have an over-arching role to strategise in this way, substantial progress could still be made at the community and household levels, especially with current technologies which can marshal their collective and coherent action.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12571-012-0211-2
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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