Sustainable food systems for food security. Need for combination of local and global approaches

Just out 30 June 2022
Between 2014 and 2020, INRAE and CIRAD joined forces to support interdisciplinary research on global food security. This book presents the results of this flagship programme, showing the diversity of approaches, study areas and scales of investigation.
© R. Belmin, Cirad
© R. Belmin, Cirad

© R. Belmin, CIRAD

Food and nutrition security refers to the challenge of providing sustainable, healthy and accessible food to all people. It has four interconnected dimensions: availability, access, utilization and stability. Tackling this tremendous challenge means transforming food systems and mobilizing key stakeholders and decision-makers to leverage intersectoral knowledge and scientific evidence. From 2014 to 2020, CIRAD and INRAE led an ambitious interdisciplinary flagship programme on the transitions for global food security, called GloFoodS.

Authored by principal investigators and contributors to research projects funded by GloFoodS, this book is representative of the programme’s interdisciplinary research but does not claim to provide exhaustive coverage of topics and approaches of food security. It presents recent research findings from many disciplines, including the life, engineering and social sciences. The findings were drawn from different analysis scales as well as from the combination of local and global food security approaches. The various chapters explore issues such as food system governance, balance and discrepancies between agricultural supply and food needs, the role of innovations in providing high-quality foods and promoting resilient value chains, and the role of local resource management in achieving food security.

This book will be of interest to a broad scientific audience of researchers, academics, food systems professionals and decision-makers, as well as readers interested in food and nutrition security issues.

The book is prefaced by Michel Eddi (former President Managing Director of CIRAD) and Philippe Mauguin (CEO of INRAE). Marion Guillou (former CEO of INRA) and Patrick Caron (Vice-President of the University of Montpellier for International Relations) have agreed to provide the conclusion. First published in English in June 2022, the French version of the book will be available in 2023.

Thomas, A., Alpha, A., Barczak, A. & Zakhia-Rozis, N. (eds.), (2022). Sustainable food systems for food security. Need for combination of local and global approaches, Quae.
Collection: “Synthèses”
Publication: June 2022, 222 pages
ebook can be downloaded free of charge on the publisher's website