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The African food system and its interaction with human health and nutrition / edited by Per Pinstrup-Andersen.

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Subject: Food supply > Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Nutrition > Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Agricultural systems > Health aspects > Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Food industry and trade > Health aspects > Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Food security > Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Public health > Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Genre: Electronic books.
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  • ISBN: 9780801462290
  • ISBN: 0801462290
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 357 pages) : illustrations.
  • Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2010.

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Formatted Contents Note: The African food system and human health and nutrition : a conceptual and empirical overview / Per Pinstrup-Andersen -- The nutrition situation in Sub-Saharan Africa / Derrill D. Watson and Per Pinstrup-Andersen -- Disease burdens of Sub-Saharan Africa and their interactions with malnutrition / Onesmo K. ole-MoiYoi -- Animals as a source of human diseases : historical perspective and future health risks for the African population / E. Fuller Torrey -- How AIDS epidemics interact with African food systems and how to improve the response / Stuart Gillespie -- Pest management, farmer incomes and health risks in Sub-Saharan Africa : pesticides, host plant resistance and other measures / Rebecca Nelson -- Nutrition and the environment : fundamental to food security in Africa / Anna Herforth -- Food safety as a bridge between the food system and human health in Sub-Saharan Africa / Dorothy Nakimbugwe and Kathryn J. Boor -- Population dynamics and future food requirements in Sub-Saharan Africa / Barbara Boyle Torrey -- Income and food transfers to improve human health and nutrition / Harold Alderman -- The impact of poor health and nutrition on labor productivity, poverty, and economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa / David E. Sahn -- Food systems and the escape from poverty and ill-health traps in Sub-Saharan Africa / Christopher B. Barrett -- Strengthening the role of women in the food systems of Sub-Saharan Africa to achieve nutrition and health goals / Laura K. Cramer and Speciosa Wandira -- Bridging the gap : linking agriculture and health to achieve the millennium development goals / Joachim von Braun, Marie T. Ruel, and Stuart Gillespie.
Summary: Hunger, malnutrition, poor health, and deficient food systems are widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa. While much is known about African food systems and about African health and nutrition, our understanding of the interaction between food systems and health and nutrition is deficient. Moreover, the potential health gains from changes in the food system are frequently overlooked in policy design and implementation. The authors of The African Food System and its Interactions with Human Health and Nutrition examine how public policy and research aimed at the food system and its interaction with human health and nutrition can improve the well-being of Africans and help achieve the United. Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Several of the MDGs focus on health-related challenges: hunger alleviation; maternal, infant, and child mortality; the control of H IV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; and the provision of safe water and improved sanitation. These challenges are intensified by problems of low agricultural and food system productivity, gender inequity, lack of basic infrastructure, and environmental degradation, all of which have direct and indirect detrimental effects on health, nutrition, and the food system. Reflecting the complexity and multidisciplinary nature of these problems and their solutions, this book features contributions by world-renowned experts in economics, agriculture, health, nutrition, food science, and demography. Per Pinstrup-Andersen is the H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition, and Public Policy, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Copenhagen University. He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate. --Book Jacket.
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