Food Security

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 187–200 | Cite as

Can we improve global food security? A socio-economic and political perspective

  • Ulrike GroteEmail author
Original Paper


Ensuring global food security for a growing population remains a major challenge. This is especially true against the background of increasing food prices paired with growing income levels and changing demand patterns in the developing world. At the same time, climate change and the occurrence of more frequent and extreme natural disasters increase the vulnerability of rural farm households, negatively affecting agricultural production. Given the many dimensions of food security, no simple solution can be found. Promoting productivity of farming and increasing the efficiency of the food marketing system are effective measures contributing to rural development in developing countries. Policy reforms in agriculture and beyond help to reduce distortions and change consumers’ awareness with respect to food waste and resource use inefficiencies related to human diets. What is new in this context is the increasing link of agriculture with other sectors such as the energy and the financial markets. This calls for further research as additional pressure is being put on the global food system.


Food security Food system Globalization Climate change Policy reform Footprint 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Environmental Economics and World TradeLeibniz University HannoverHannoverGermany

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