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Towards sustainable food security (English)

Today the world is under the threat of a silent crisis--the crisis of underdevelopment. At the very center of concern about development is the concern of food, agriculture, and people. Combining these three elements into an objective that is fundamental to all else in development is the concept of sustainable food security. Achieving sustainable food security will require more than improving farm productivity and profitability. It requires that not only we look at the aggregate supply of food but also at income and land distribution, at household livelihoods and dietary needs, at food distribution and waste, at women's status and their opportunities, at fertility and population issues, and at the protection and regeneration of the resource base for food production--terrestrial, aquatic, and climatic. This report emphasizes that development work must include real participation of, and ownership by, the beneficiaries of development--entrepreneurs, women, nongovernmental organizations, and local communities. Moreover, linkages among researchers in industrial and developing countries can minimize the time lag between discovery and practical utilization.

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Speth, James Gustave

Towards sustainable food security (English). Sir John Crawford Memorial Lecture Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/620591468140363426/Towards-sustainable-food-security