Title Sustaining Global Food Security
Subtitle The Nexus of Science and Policy
Author Robert S. Zeigler
ISBN 9781486308088
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 560
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher CSIRO Publishing (Eurospan Group)
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“Providing a safe, nutritious, affordable diet for an increasingly urbanized world of 10 billion people – under a changing climate and with fewer natural resources – is a task of mammoth proportions. Ending hunger can only be achieved through a determined and sustained commitment to smallholder agriculture, underpinned by appropriate technologies and policies. This fascinating book sets out to tackle these subjects and their interdependency, in a comprehensive and thought-provoking way. Through a crop lens, and with contributions from academia, industry and government, the authors have done a masterful job of combining exciting new science with real world policy pragmatism. Drawing from history, the book explores the intricate interplay between technological and policy innovation, and the way in which the upsides of technological breakthroughs can be balanced against the inevitable downside risks, while maintaining the pace or scale of adoption needed to achieve and maintain global food security.”

—Endorsement from Nick Austin, Director, Agricultural Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Assesses how economics, policy and plant and agricultural science affect global food security.

Population growth alone dictates that global food supplies must increase by over 50% in coming decades. Advances in technology offer an array of opportunities to meet this demand, but history shows that these can be fully realised only within an enabling policy environment. Sustaining Global Food Security makes a compelling case that recent technological breakthroughs can move the planet towards a secure and sustainable food supply only if new policies are designed that allow their full expression.

Bob Zeigler has brought together a distinguished set of scientists and policy analysts to produce well-referenced chapters exploring international policies on genetic resources, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, crop breeding and protection, remote sensing, the changing landscape of agricultural policies in the world’s largest countries, and trade. Those entering the agricultural sciences and those who aspire to influence public policy during their careers will benefit from the insights of this unique set of experiences and perspectives.


  • Up-to-date assessment of how modern plant and agricultural science, economics and policy may interact to affect global food security
  • Contributors are internationally recognised experts in their fields
  • Includes international case studies on major crop species that will determine sustainable food production in areas where food security challenges remain the most serious (e.g. Africa and Asia)
  • Ideally suited to those who look to apply science or policy to improve global food security over their careers



List of contributors

An introduction to the global food security, technology and policy nexus (Robert S. Zeigler)


Part 1: Tapping and Creating Genetic Resources

Chapter 1. Systematic assessment for conservation and utilisation of crop genetic resources (Paula Bramel and Sarada Krishnan)

Chapter 2. Crop species origins, the impact of domestication and the potential of wide hybridisation for crop improvement (Bikram S Gill, Bernd Friebe, Dal-Hoe Koo and Wanlong Li)

Chapter 3. T echnological and policy challenges to utilisation of plant genetic resources (Theo van Hintum and Martin Brink)

Chapter 4. Oryza genome diversity: discovery, management and utilisation (Rod A. Wing)


Part 2: Redesigning Crop Plants

Chapter 5. Reducing mineral and vitamin deficiencies through biofortification: progress under HarvestPlus (Howarth Bouis and Ross Welch)

Chapter 6. Delivering biofortified crops in developing countries (Howarth Bouis, Jan Low and Robert S. Zeigler)

Chapter 7. Fatty acids and pharmamolecules (Surinder Singh, Phil Larkin and Allan Green)

Chapter 8. Resistant starch, large bowel fermentation and human health (David L. Topping)

Chapter 9. Redesigning crop photosynthesis (Stephen P. Long, Steven Burgess and Isla Causton)


Part 3: Modern Plant Breeding

Chapter 10. Modern plant breeding: a perspective from the public sector in the United States (P. Stephen Baenziger)

Chapter 11. Improving the regulation and social acceptance of crop-protection and seeds products produced using new technologies: an industry perspective (Alan Raybould)

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Chapter 12. Plant phenome to genome: a big data challenge (Robert T. Furbank, Xavier R.R. Sirault and Eric Stone)

Chapter 13. Incorporating stress tolerance in rice (Abdelbagi M. Ismail and Gary Atlin)


Part 4: Managing the Crop

Chapter 14. C losing crop yield gaps around the world (R.A. Fischer)

Chapter 15. The soil microbiome and crop nitrogen nutrition in anaerobic systems: a case study in rice (J.K. Ladha and P.M. Reddy)

Chapter 16. Manipulating molecular interactions between hosts and pathogens for enhancing resistance and disease management (Barbara Valent and Jan E. Leach)

Chapter 17. Sustainable rice pest management: the role of agricultural policies (E.A. Heinrichs)

Chapter 18. A view of water management: from river basin to farm (Gilbert Levine and Randolph Barker)


Part 5: Sustainable intensive Systems

Chapter 19. Remote sensing for sustainable agricultural management (Andy Nelson)

Chapter 20. A new public–private interface for staple crops: the Sustainable Rice Platform (Robert S. Zeigler and Achim Dobermann)

Chapter 21. Linking public goods with private interests: investing in performance at scale with smallholders and the private sector (A. J. Simons, H. Y. Shapiro and Robert S. Zeigler)


Part 6: Major Agricultural Regions in Transition

Chapter 22. Agricultural growth, transformation and policies in China (Jikun Huang)

Chapter 23. Modern plant and agricultural sciences and public policies in India: creating a sustainable global food supply (Rita Sharma)

Chapter 24. Unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential (Akinwumi A. Adesina)

Chapter 25. Sub-Saharan agriculture in transition: the case of rice (Keijiro Otsuka)


Part 7: Globalisation of Food Supply

Chapter 26. The rapid transformation of food supply chains in developing and emerging economies with implications for farmers and consumers (Thomas Reardon and B. Minten)

Chapter 27. Social change and policies driving the transformation of consumption in the food systems (Joachim von Braun, Nicolas Gerber and Vicki Abresch)

Chapter 28. Trade as a means to meeting global food needs (Kym Anderson)

Some closing thoughts (Robert S. Zeigler)


About the Editor:

Robert S. Zeigler devoted his professional career to sustainably improving cereal production, primarily rice, in developing countries. Originally trained as a plant pathologist, Bob led increasingly complex multidisciplinary research programs, culminating in his appointment as Director General of the International Rice Research Institute in 2005, a position he held until his retirement in 2016. He has worked closely with policy makers and senior government officials in rice-producing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia to link the potential of new technologies to political and economic realities. He now lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

Target Audience:

This book is ideally suited to those who look to apply science or policy to improve global food security over their careers. It is also suitable for those  entering the agricultural sciences and those who aspire to influence public policy.

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