Sustainable food systems for food security

Need for combination of local and global approaches

by Alban Thomas (editorial coordination), Arlène Alpha (editorial coordination), Aleksandra Barczak (editorial coordination), Nadine Zakhia-Rozis (editorial coordination)
Collection: Synthèses
june 2022
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Food and nutritional 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 our 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 nutritional security issues.

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Durabilité des systèmes pour la sécurité alimentaire

Table of contents




Section I - Governance of food systems

Chapter 1. Governance matters… but is it what you think? 

-Analysing food security through the lens of governance 

-Three perspectives on food security governance




Chapter 2. Land management, value-chain governance and food security: examples in Senegal, Morocco and France 

-Limited counterbalancing governance facing agribusiness in Senegal

-Casablanca, Morocco: an emerging system of governance, as illustrated by the Ouled Hadda industrial zone

-Purchasing land for agricultural projects in France’s Île-de-France region 




Section II - Linking agricultural supply with food and nutritional needs

Chapter 3. Analysing the nutrition transition through food supply and demand : cross-perspective approaches in economics, management and nutrition

-Exploring nutrition transition determinants 

-Levers to reverse nutrition transition from consumption to agricultural production




Chapter 4. Shocks in agricultural production: origins and impacts on commodity prices 

-Main biotic and abiotic factors responsible for production shocks

-Data-driven approaches to anticipate production shocks and assess their impact on prices

-Information transmission in agricultural commodity markets




Chapter 5. Food diets and land-use change at a global scale: the key role of modelling frameworks 

-Three contrasted modelling frameworks

-Simulated scenarios





Section III - From agroecological innovations to dietary diversity

Chapter 6. Valuing the roles of women in food security through a gender lens: a cross-cutting analysis in Senegal and Nicaragua 

-Reconsidering women’s contributions to household FSN

-Analytical framework of gender relations in household FSN

-Women, work and gender inequality in agriculture and food systems in Nicaragua and Senegal 




Chapter 7. Agroecological innovations, food and nutrition security and food safety for small farmers: Africa-Europe perspectives 

-Presentation of case studies and main results




Section IV - Innovating processing for high-quality foods

Chapter 8. Reducing food loss and waste in meat and fruit supply chains: how food engineering can help

-Objectives and approach

-Loss and waste along meat chains

-Loss and waste along fruit chains

-Smart design and application of innovative technologies to reduce FLW 




Chapter 9. Artisanal palm oils: from quality design in southern Cameroon to consumption in Yaoundé

-Characteristics of processed fruits, artisanal mills and production factors in the surveyed area

-Influence of processed fruit types and process parameters on the composition and quality of artisanal red palm oil

-Supply and market practices for artisanal and industrial RPOs in Yaoundé

-Red palm oil: choice criteria, purchase strategy and consumption in Yaoundé 

-Red palm oil: a main ingredient in local dishes




Section V - Agroecology to promote resilient food value chains

Chapter 10. Neither quite the same nor quite another: diversity, identity and resilience in agroecological transition 

-Pasteurization, a technique for control and optimization

-Diversity of organization forms in territorial development



Chapter 11. Leveraging agroecology to improve milk production and marketing: insights from case studies in Burkina Faso, France and India

-Milk production and marketing: current trends in three contrasting regions

-Evidence of agroecology in milk production and marketing systems

-Discussion and conclusion



Section VI - Local ressources management as a driver of food security

Chapter 12. Food security and natural resources: diversification strategies 

-Diversifying farming systems to improve food security in Sahelian agroforestry parklands

-Cocoa-based agroforestry in the Peruvian Amazon: does higher cultivated diversity provide better food security?

-Cereal-cowpea intercropping in sub-Saharan Africa: implications for soil fertility and food security

-Palm oil expansion and food security in Indonesia: heterogeneity and inequality effects

-Switching to more diversified and sustainable production systems in Brazil: effectiveness and permanence of REDD+ programmes



Chapter 13. Urban food waste: a resource for circular economy between cities and agriculture

-How to reduce urban food waste by considering the circular economy? 

-Territorial metabolism: a method to quantify and qualify urban waste 

-Recycling urban food waste through animal husbandry 




Chapter 14. Market gardening for African cities: contributions, challenges and innovations towards food security 

-Contribution of market gardening to food security

-Evolution of production systems and reduction of environmental impacts

-Innovation paths of market gardening




Conclusion GloFoodS: an actor and marker of deep transformations in the international agenda

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Language(s): English

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Synthèses

Published: 30 june 2022

Reference Book: 02851

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02851NUM

EAN13 Book: 9782759235759

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759235766

Interior: Colour

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Pages count Book: 222

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 222

Weight (in grammes): 500

Size: 12 Mo (PDF)


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