The manual falls into two main sections. The first, containing Chapters 1 through 3, sets out the basic framework within which food security is addressed. Chapter 1 discusses the major concepts used when analysing food security, examines recent trends in the world food economy, links food security with other major policy objectives such as poverty alleviation and environmental protection, and discusses the connection between food security and self-sufficiency. Chapter 2 looks at the various ways in which food consumption and nutritional status can be measured, to give an estimate of the extent of food insecurity. This is specifically written for an audience which has not previously been exposed to nutritional data. Chapter 3 uses the concept of the food chain to outline the connections between the food system and food security. Seasonal patterns in food security and changes in the food system in response to stress are also examined, as is the structure and role of a food security monitoring system.

Chapters 4 through 6 deal explicitly with the impact of economic policy on food security. In Chapter 4, a model is developed to analyse the impact of changes in macro-economic policy of the food system and food security. A number of technical annexes contain the relevant theoretical material. The chapter traces through the impact, firstly of a devaluation and then of other elements in an adjustment programme, on the food security of vulnerable groups. In Chapter 5, possible domestic policy interventions to improve food security are explored. These include demand and supply based approaches, and targeted interventions. Chapter 6 looks at international policy interventions, particularly food aid, and their potential role in improving food security. The outcome of the World Food Summit is presented.

Each chapter contains "activities" and exercises linked to the material contained in the text, for use in workshops and training courses.

Acknowledgement
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Chapter 1: Food Security: The Conceptual Framework
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Chapter 2: Nutrition Requirements and Food Consumption
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Chapter 3: Food Security: The Economic and Institutional Framework
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Chapter 4: Impact of Policy on Food Security
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Chapter 5: Domestic Policy Interventions to Improve Food Security
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Chapter 6: International Policy Interventions for Improving Food Security
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