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Sustainability and food & nutrition security: A vulnerability assessment framework for the Mediterranean region


  • Paolo Prosperi

    () (UMR MOISA - Marchés, Organisations, Institutions et Stratégies d'Acteurs - CIRAD - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - Montpellier SupAgro - Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques - INRA Montpellier - Institut national de la recherche agronomique [Montpellier] - CIHEAM - Centre International des Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier, IAMM - Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier, Università degli studi di Catania [Catania])

  • Thomas Allen

    (Bioversity International)

  • Martine Padilla

    () (IAMM - Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier)

  • Luri Peri

    (Università degli studi di Catania [Catania])

  • Bruce Cogill

    (Bioversity International)


Recurrent food crises and climate change, along with habitat loss and micronutrient deficiencies, are global issues of critical importance that have pushed food security and environmental sustainability to the top of the political agenda. Analyses of the dynamic linkages between food consumption patterns and environmental concerns have recently received considerable attention from the international and scientific community. Using the lens of a broad sustainability approach, this conceptual article aims at developing a multidimensional framework to evaluate the sustainability of food systems and diets, applicable to countries of the Mediterranean region. Derived from natural disaster and sustainability sciences, a vulnerability approach, enhanced by inputs from the resilience literature, has been adapted to analyze the main issues related to food and nutrition security. Through causal factor analysis, the resulting conceptual framework improves the design of information systems or metrics assessing the interrelated environmental, economic, social, and health dynamics of food systems.

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  • Paolo Prosperi & Thomas Allen & Martine Padilla & Luri Peri & Bruce Cogill, 2014. "Sustainability and food & nutrition security: A vulnerability assessment framework for the Mediterranean region," Post-Print hal-01189996, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01189996
    DOI: 10.1177/2158244014539169
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    1. Roberto Roson & Martina Sartori, 2010. "Water Scarcity and Virtual Water Trade in the Mediterranean," Working Papers 2010_08, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
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    food systems; sustainable diets; environment; metrics; resilience;

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