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Food Poverty and Insecurity: International Food Inequalities

  • Martin Caraher
  • John Coveney

Part of the Food Policy book series (FP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Randy Stringer
    Pages 11-18
  3. Aurélie Carimentrand, Chantal Crenn, Anne-Hélène Delavigne, Matthieu Duboys de Labarre, Karen Montagne, Cristina Parvu et al.
    Pages 67-77
  4. Daniel Ronson, Martin Caraher
    Pages 79-88
  5. Christina Pollard, Andrea Begley, Tim Landrigan
    Pages 89-103
  6. Martin Caraher, John Coveney
    Pages 117-124
  7. Matthieu Duboys de Labarre, Aurélie Carimentrands, Chantal Crenn, Anne-Hélène Delavigne, Karen Montagne, Cristina Parvu et al.
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 125-126

About this book


While there is not one global definition of the term ‘food poverty,’ the evidence from the chapters in this book suggest food poverty can be seen from three perspectives: 1) the causes and constraints facing both individuals, households, communities and policy makers, 2) constrained choices or the ‘lived experience’ and 3) the health impacts or outcomes. As a working definition of food poverty, this approach suggests that where constraints are such that it is not possible for individuals or households to consume a nutritionally adequate diet, they could be considered to be in food poverty.

The modern food system has introduced new complexities to food insecurity with the growth of micro-nutrient inequalities. As a result of growing levels of poverty and inequality, hunger and obesity are not being faced by two different groups, but often by the same group. While the developed world faces a problem with overconsumption and chronic diseases, the developing world is addressing the double burden of hunger and over-consumption. Even in the developed world, nation states are facing the rise of modern malnutrition, which includes both over-consumption and the re-emergence of hunger: over-consumption combined with austerity.

The volume undertakes a critical examination of food poverty and food security by addressing topics such as tensions over the role of the state, the movement towards rights and responsibilities around food, and the rising tide of food poverty. Auth

ors also cover possible solutions at both national and city state levels. The editors conclude with a chapter that draws together the issues and locates solutions within a food policy framework of the total food system. These studies help reveal the complexities of food insecurity within a global context, with the goal of clarifying taken for granted assumptions in present



Food impoverishment Food policy Food security Micro-nutrient inequalities Modern malnutrition Risk analysis Risk assessment

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Caraher
    • 1
  • John Coveney
    • 2
  1. 1.Northhampton Square CM516 City UniversityLondon EC1V OHBUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

About the editors

Martin Caraher

Northhampton Square CM516 City

London, UK

John Coveney

Flinders University

Adelaide, Australia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Food Poverty and Insecurity: International Food Inequalities
  • Editors Martin Caraher
    John Coveney
  • Series Title Food Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Food Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-23858-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-23859-3
  • Series ISSN 2365-4295
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-4309
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 126
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Health
    Social Policy
    Food Science
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