1Thanks for comments to Gaie Mendelssohn, Margie Buchanan-Smith and other colleagues. Responsibility is mine.
Food Security in Developing Countries: Issues and Options for the 1990s1
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2009
© 1990 Institue of Development Studies
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 2–13, July 1990
How to Cite
Maxwell, S. (1990), Food Security in Developing Countries: Issues and Options for the 1990s. IDS Bulletin, 21: 2–13. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.1990.mp21003002.x
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 22 MAY 2009
Summary Interest in ‘food security’ has been on a rising trend through the late 1980's, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the paper finds that the term ‘food security’ is used in different ways and that partly as a result there are different approaches to food security planning. There are also different views on some of the key issues in food security: agricultural growth, market intervention, targeting. Here the paper finds a retreat from ideology into a pragmatic, case by case approach. Food security will continue to be prominent in the 1990's and five issues will dominate the agenda: the meaning and measurement of food insecurity; structural reform of food systems; improved targeting in SSA; the future of food aid; and the strengthening of rural and urban safety nets.