CfP: Food Security and the Contemporary World

Call for papers for a special issue of Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell’800 e del ’900

Food security is currently the focus of an international debate, which, in tackling the questions of malnutrition and starvation, also looks at global problems such as the North-South relationship, asymmetrical access to resources, and the world food system. Historians have contributed to this debate by generally identifying the years following the Second World War as the period in which contemporary policies took shape. This development may been seen by the United Nations’ decision to take up the question of food security and the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), later accompanied by the World Food Programme (WFP 1961). From this perspective, the policies of the UN Agencies, intergovernmental agreements and negotiations between states have provided scholars with a key to interpreting the events of later decades within the context of the Cold War.Silvia Salvaticix/strong> ( along with a CC to the editorial secretary ( The essays selected have to be delivered in their final form by July 15, 2014; all manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process (double blind). The issue will be published by spring 2015.

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