Food Security Policy Innovation Lab

New book provides insight into contemporary food security issues

4 March 2020

Food insecurity is a major obstacle to development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is a complex issue that cuts across traditional sectors in government and disciplines in academia. Understanding how multiple elements cause and influence food security is essential for policymakers, practitioners and scholars. This book demonstrates how evaluation can integrate the four elements of food security (availability, access, nutrition and resilience) and offers practical tools for policy and programme impact assessment to support evidence-based planning.

Food Security Policy, Evaluation and Impact Assessment offers an essential, comprehensive, yet accessible reference of contemporary food security discourse and guides readers through the steps required for food security analysis. The book is edited by leading Food Security researcher, Prof Sheryl Hendriks of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria. Dr Ousmane Badiane’s sets out the impelling need for the book, while Prof Hendrik’s 20-year experience in teaching food security policy analysis to Masters students from across the African continent adds a richness to the content. The chapters include contributions from 29 experts, some the most celebrated researchers in the field of food security and food policy. They share their knowledge and experience in dealing with food security issues in the field, emergency contexts, policymaking settings and development contexts.

Aimed at researchers, postgraduates and those undertaking professional development in food studies, agricultural economics, rural development, nutrition and public health, the book is key reading for those seeking to understand evidence-based food security analysis.

Food Security Policy, Evaluation and Impact Assessment is edited by Sheryl. L. Hendriks and published by Earthscan Food and Agriculture.