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New books – Combating Desertification

Food Security in Asia / Participatory Technology Development / The Great Food Robbery / Dryland Opportunities / Gender and Desertification / Global Drylands: A UN system-wide response

Food Security in Asia

Book cover: Food Security in Asia

Amitava Mukherje, 2012, SAGE India, 416 p.

As one of the major challenges of the 21st century, food security requires nations to maintain food production at appropriate levels, provide potable water, and at once, ensure access of people to such food and water. Food suppliers also need to ensure year-long supply of food at optimum price and of high quality, both for needy and for discerning customers.

Food Security in Asia provides a comprehensive analysis of the critical dimensions of food security in various countries of Asia. It compellingly argues that food insecurity is a complex phenomenon that requires a comprehensive response encompassing, inter alia, increasing food production, expanding economic and social access to food, special access to food for disadvantaged groups and, most importantly, breaking down the gender-based barriers to accessing food.

The book discusses the major governmental policies in relation to the communities’ responses. While highlighting the pressure exerted by climate change and world population growth, it also propounds ideas that would help in making informed policy choices.

Participatory Technology Development: A Technique for Indigenous Technical Knowledge Refinement

Book cover: Participatory Technology Development

Israel Thomas. M, Rathakrishnan.T, Padma. S.R, 2012, 184 p, Rs. 550, ISBN: 9788172337926;

The book Participatory Technology Development: A Technique for Indigenous Technical Knowledge Refinement comprehensively presenting in depth about Participatory Technology Development, Experimentation, Indigenous wisdom of the farming community, perception aspects of farmers, scientists and extension personnel towards PTD and Technology transfer process. This will enable the different category of users namely the researchers, field extension workers, NGO personnel, student researchers etc, to understand the latest advancement in PTD and the ways and means of solving field issues and follow those ideas in their activities. Thus the book will certainly satisfy those readers who intensely use it.

The Great Food Robbery – How Corporations Control Food, Grab Land and Destroy the Climate

Book cover: The Great Food Robbery

GRAIN, 2012, Pambazuka Press, 164 p., £14.95, ISBN-10 085749113X ISBN- 13 9780857491138

The global food system is in profound crisis. More than a billion people suffer from hunger, and their numbers are rising faster than the global population. Yet more than enough food is produced to feed everybody in the world. At the same time we are heading deeper into a global climate crisis, for which the industrial food system is to a large extent to blame. Meanwhile corporations are grabbing huge areas of land and water systems in poor countries, and displacing rural communities.

The Great Food Robbery looks at looks at the forces behind these developments. It focuses on corporations and the ways they organise and control food production and distribution because it is corporations who are mainly responsible for the expansion of the damaging industrial food system. The corporate food system destroys food systems based on local markets, local cultures, biodiversity and, most of all, people. It puts the profits of the few before the needs of people and leads to massive food safety incidents, environmental destruction, labour exploitation and the decimation of rural communities.

This book is intended to reveal the ways in which corporations seek to increase their control over the food system so that they can be more effectively challenged. It aims to provide information and analysis that enables and inspires people to take action to take the food system back from corporations and put it in the hands of people.