Food security

Internet resources and NAI publications, compiled by the Nordic Africa Institute's library staff, about 'food security' due to the conference on World Food Security, Rome, Italy 3 to 5 June 2008.

Literature in the library

Use the quick links below to locate titles dealing with topics of interest in the library catalogue, AfricaLit. The lists consist of literature - books and articles - in the form of fiction, non-fiction/factual information and official publications, as well as other material.

Useful keywords

The library suggests the following keywords when searching the library catalogue:

agricultural sector, climate change, energy, environmental degradation, environmental management, famine, food crisis, food production, food security, food shortage, food supply, hunger, survival strategies, sustainable agriculture.

Web links

This is a selection of websites dealing with trade and development. Many more items are available online on websites and in discussion forums. More links related to this topic are found in the link collection A Guide to Africa on the Internet.

Conference on World Food Security - FAO

Website from the "High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy" that was held in Rome from 3 to 5 June 2008.

Africa Data Dissemination Service

Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) is an information system designed to identify problems in the food supply system that potentially lead to famine, flood, or other food-insecure conditions, in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

AGRA is a dynamic, African-led partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.


Food security and food policy information portal for Africa

Information about specific countries and regions plus on-line tutorials to assist researchers. By MSU Agricultural Economics Department, with UN-ECA and the African Food Security/Policy Networks.


GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation, which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

The IGAD mission is to assist and complement the efforts of its Member States to achieve: Food Security and environmental protection, peace building, security, humanitarian affairs, economic cooperation and integration. 

Irin News - Theme page on Food security

Latest news from IRIN Africa, part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Its news service is editorially independent.

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Provides food aid projects that help the weak and poor, including people made homeless by natural disasters, returning refugees, HIV/AIDS orphans and jobless mothers.

Selected online articles and reports

"Fiddling in Rome While the World Burns?" Reflections on the High-Level Conference on World Food Security by John Thompson, 5 June, 2008. News at IDS - Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, Great Britain.

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