Human Resilience Against Food Insecurity - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128110522

Human Resilience Against Food Insecurity

1st Edition

Authors: John Ashley
Paperback ISBN: 9780128110522
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 224
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Human Resilience Against Food Insecurity focuses on the human factors involved in building resilience against food and nutrition insecurity in perpetuity, through inter alia better managing risks (such as ‘better-spacing’ of children), diversifying the asset portfolio if possible, behavioural change and communication strategy for achieving this. The better the coherence and convergence amongst these human factors to promote sustainable food and nutrition security, the lower the need for their absence to be rectified through post-facto unsustainable ‘firemen’s work’ of humanitarian assistance and CMAM clinics, which were covered in Ashley’s volume Food Security in the Developing World.

The book includes references to countries which are not in the fourth (lowest) of the categories prescribed in the UNDP Human Development reports; also, including minority groups in developed countries, such as the hunter-gatherer Inuit communities of Canada to provide an inclusive view of the issues and concerns relevant to addressing food insecurity from a societal standpoint.

Human Resilience Against Food Insecurity will examine human behaviour within all stakeholder groups – from ‘civil society’, to public and commercial private sectors, and donor partners.

Key Features

  • Includes a global array of case studies
  • Presents stories of success and of failure in building resilience against food insecurity with the causative human aspect underlying each coming under scrutiny
  • Addresses the social and cultural anthropological foundation of combatting food and nutrition insecurity, and conferring resilience to it by individuals and the community


University undergraduate/ diploma/ vocational/ adult education students and teachers; developing country government agricultural/ rural development/ planning ministries and departments; extension workers and NGOs; UN and other international organisations; bilateral and multilateral donor partners and development banks

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. A summary of ‘Food Security in the Developing World’

3. Understanding vulnerability to, and resilience against, food insecurity

4. The anthropological basis of human development

4.1. General introduction

4.2. A social and cultural obstacle course

4.2.1. Clearing the hurdle

4.2.2. Falling at the hurdle

4.3. Community ownership

4.4. Success breeds success

4.5. Individual food security strategies

5. The starting point of a development intervention

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Personal journeys to our understanding of ‘food insecurity’

5.3. Seeking consensus

5.4. Challenging one’s assumptions

5.5. Interaction with local administrations

5.6. Lack of trust within multi-ethnic national communities

5.7. Conflict- or political-break with tradition

5.8. Managing expectations

6. Identifying and prioritizing the challenges confronting food security resilience for all

6.1. The need for resilient food systems

6.2. Better policy making and planning

6.3. Education to build resilience

6.4. The peace dividend

6.5. Other priorities to improve resilience

7. Building the change management team and approach

7.1. Advantages of working well as a team

7.2. Getting it right as a team

7.3. Getting it wrong as a team

7.4. Institutional perspective on change management

7.5. Program implementation

8. Importance of local knowledge in building resilience

8.1. Introduction

8.2. The ‘Groundnut Scheme’ in Tanganyika

8.3. The Arctic Inuit

8.4. Sacred sites in Liberia

8.5. Barking dogs in Eritrea

8.6. Feedback on a project in Central Asia

8.7. Crop improvement through selection and application

8.8. Harnessing condensation for drip irrigation

8.9. Combining the best of the old and the new

9. Lateral thinking

9.1. Introduction

9.2. Flamingo breeding

9.3. SWOT analysis

9.4. Population management

9.5. Bringing a new idea to a community

9.6. The value of corn cobs in a parched field

9.7. Potato promotion in France

9.8. Nepal earthquake in 1998

10. The role of champions

10.1. Champions at village and public sector levels

10.2. Champions from the commercial private sector

10.3. Champions who contest the commercial private sector

10.4. Champions from international organizations, entertainment and sport

11. Case Studies

11.1. The need for more resilient food systems

11.2. Resilience to food and nutrition security amongst the Inuit

11.3. Human capital as a resilience strategy in the Pamirs

12. Conclusions


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About the Author

John Ashley

John Ashley graduated in botany from London University, and then applied that knowledge to the field of agriculture for his doctorate, working with the groundnut crop at Makerere University, Uganda. He also holds a degree in psychology from Cambridge, which has proven useful in understanding the various perspectives of stakeholder groups with whom he works, and facilitating a consensus.

Dr Ashley has engaged in projects which have sought to help governments address current food insecurity, and/or increase resilience to future food insecurity. He has multi-sector program experience in agriculture and forestry, rural development, water, environment, health, education, nutrition and social transfers, roads and local government.

He has worked in more than twenty vulnerable and/or conflict-prone countries for over 35 years, especially in Africa and Asia. He was with FAO for five years and then became an adviser to national governments in interventions funded by international organizations or donors . He has conducted research with grain legume and cereal improvement programs in Libya, Kenya, Uganda and Nepal, and taught agronomy, crop physiology, ecology and human nutrition at Makerere University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior International Consultant, Geopolicity Inc., Dubai, UAE