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A Human Approach to Food Security: Land Grabs in the Limelight

Journal of Human Security
Volume 7 Issue 1 (2011)

Abstract: Food is no longer a concern restricted to impoverished people in developing countries. The resource-constrained nature of our world, in combination with population growth, urbanisation, shifting diets and climate change, is rapidly elevating food into the realm of non-conventional security threats. This article examines the human dimension of food and will focus on how the limited quantity of agricultural land and its uneven geographical distribution has instigated a contemporary race for the world's farmland. It will use a critical and realistic perspective to discuss the human security implications of so-called 'land grabs' and argue that investment in agricultural land should be based upon clear ethical norms aimed at emancipation and a reciprocity of rights.

To cite this article: Siegenbeek van Heukelom, Tim. A Human Approach to Food Security: Land Grabs in the Limelight [online]. Journal of Human Security, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2011: doi: 10.3316/JHS0701006. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=865465230149233;res=IELHSS> EISSN: 1835-3800. [cited 25 May 16].

Personal Author: Siegenbeek van Heukelom, Tim; Source: Journal of Human Security, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2011: 6-20 DOI: 10.3316/JHS0701006 Document Type: Journal Article EISSN: 1835-3800 Subject: Human rights; Food security; Commercial leases; Land use--Economic aspects; Right to food; Food supply--Forecasting; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) PhD candidate at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection