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Food security and scarcity : why ending hunger is so hard

Author: C Peter Timmer
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In countries that have managed to confront and cope with the challenges of food insecurity over the past two centuries, markets have done the heavy lifting. Markets serve as the arena for allocating society's scarce resources to meet the virtually unlimited needs and desires of consumers: no other mechanism can efficiently signal fluctuations in scarcity and abundance, the cost of labor, or the value of commodities.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C Peter Timmer
ISBN: 9780812246667 0812246667
OCLC Number: 880757360
Description: xii, 213 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
Contents: Setting the stage: food scarcity and food prices --
Learning to manage food security: a policy perspective --
Understanding food security dynamics: models and numbers --
Structural transformation as the pathway to food security --
When pro-poor growth and structural transformation fail --
The political economy of food security: food price volatility and policy responses --
The way forward: the time horizon matters.
Responsibility: C. Peter Timmer.

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Ending hunger requires that each society find the right balance of market forces and government interventions to bring even a country's most vulnerable citizens into a sustainable food system. C.  Read more...

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