Devesh Roy, P.K. Joshi, Raj Chandra (eds): International trade and food security: pulses for nutrition in India: changing patterns from farm to fork
This book deals with the current role and potential of pulses in agriculture and nutrition, with particular emphasis on trends since the advent of the ‘Green Revolution’ on smallholdings in India (Conway 1997). However, the approach and conclusions of the book have relevance to food security in general.
The early background to the book perhaps begins, for me, with the term ‘triage’, a word that I first came across as an undergraduate. Triage is used in medicine to prioritise cases at a time when resources are insufficient to treat all satisfactorily, sometimes even resulting in some patients having to be left untreated. In the agricultural policy community of the 1960s, when many countries, especially the densely populated areas of Asia were exposed to famine, there was serious and informed debate as to whether it would be possible at all to feed the rapidly growing human population. The essence of the discussion was which of these countries, following triage, would have to be...
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