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    Gordon Conway(Author) Rajiv Shah(Foreword) Katy Wilson(Contributor)

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Hunger is a daily reality for a billion people. More than six decades after the technological discoveries that led to the Green Revolution aimed at ending world hunger, regular food shortages, malnutrition, and poverty still plague vast swaths of the world. And with increasing food prices, climate change, resource inequality, and an ever-increasing global population, the future holds further challenges.

In One Billion Hungry, Sir Gordon Conway, one of the world's foremost experts on global food needs, explains the many interrelated issues critical to our global food supply from the science of agricultural advances to the politics of food security. He expands the discussion begun in his influential The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for All in the Twenty-First Century, emphasizing the essential combination of increased food production, environmental stability, and poverty reduction necessary to end endemic hunger on our planet.

Conway addresses a series of urgent questions about global hunger:

- How we will feed a growing global population in the face of a wide range of adverse factors, including climate change?

- What contributions can the social and natural sciences make in finding solutions?

- And how can we engage both government and the private sector to apply these solutions and achieve significant impact in the lives of the poor?

Conway succeeds in sharing his informed optimism about our collective ability to address these fundamental challenges if we use technology paired with sustainable practices and strategic planning.

Beginning with a definition of hunger and how it is calculated, and moving through issues topically both detailed and comprehensive, each chapter focuses on specific challenges and solutions, ranging in scope from the farmer's daily life to the global movement of food, money, and ideas. Drawing on the latest scientific research and the results of projects around the world, Conway addresses the concepts and realities of our global food needs: the legacy of the Green Revolution; the impact of market forces on food availability; the promise and perils of genetically modified foods; agricultural innovation in regard to crops, livestock, pest control, soil, and water; and the need to both adapt to and slow the rate of climate change. One Billion Hungry will be welcomed by all readers seeking a multifaceted understanding of our global food supply, food security, international agricultural development, and sustainability.

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  • By miss stephanie n brittain on 9 April 2014

    (review by Gilbert Etienne for Tiers Monde,leading French journal on development)Gordon Conway has played an important role in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger in the world. He was closely involved with USAID, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and is now a professor at Imperial College London.The author is equally at home in a remote corner of Hunza (Pakistan highlands)as in the rice fields of India or the eroded lands of sub Saharan Africa. The foresight of the practitioner combines with the negotiator and develops ideas. In his time, Gordon Conway participated in the Green Revolution (GR) in Asia.This book highlights the benefits of GR, including for the poorest, the landless and very smallholder farmers contrary to generally accepted ideas. However, despite the rise of modern inputs, over several years crop yields have tended to plateau.Several remedies are needed: reduced chemical fertilizers in favour of organic fertilizers, reduced and better use of pesticides, and better water management, knowing that irrigation is almost indispensable. In these conditions, those regions that depend only on rainfall, which can be little or irregular, do not lend themselves to GR. This is worth a couple of chapters alone about soils in Africa and Asia.We must note the author's comments on local traditions of sub Saharan Africa and Asia. He places particular emphasis on supporting smallholder farmers owning about 1 ha of land.This book discusses technical analysis techniques as well as it discusses development strategies, especially in sub Saharan Africa and South Asia, the most exposed areas to extreme poverty and malnutrition. In conclusion, the author stresses the need for a "double GR”, one which is more productive than the previous one, but more "green" in terms of conservation of natural resources and the environment. At the same time, greater efficiency in the fight against poverty and hunger is needed.An exceptional bookGilbert Etienne

  • By Nicholas on 12 February 2013

    I was a bit disappointed by this book. It reads largely like a reference work: a long series of definitions and explanation of terms, with not much insight or analysis. Perhaps okay for flipping through, but as an overview of the area it lacks much broader discussion of the possible answers to its question, rather than just defining concepts that may or may not be of relevance.


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