image Introduction: food, politics and power

Learning outcomes

At the end of this chapter, the reader should be able to evaluate the following:

  The global food crisis: symptoms

  Proximate causes of the global food crisis

  Structural problems of the global food crisis

  Contrasting solutions to the food crisis

  Core concepts: food security, entitlements and food sovereignty

  Politics and food in the past and present

  Scales of analysis and the food crisis

Key concepts

Global food crisis; proximate and structural causes; food security; entitlements; food sovereignty; the politics of food


This introductory chapter establishes ...

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