The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 3: Endemic Hunger

The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 3: Endemic Hunger

Hardback Studies in Development Economics

Edited by Jean Dreze, Edited by Amartya K. Sen

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 412 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 30mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 28 November 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198286376
  • ISBN 13: 9780198286370
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: numerous line drawings and tables

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WIDER The World Institute for Development Economics Research, established in 1984, started work in Helsinki in 1985, with the financial support of the Government of Finland. The principal purpose of the Institute is to help identify and meet the need for policy-oriented socio-economic research on pressing global and development problems and their inter-relationships. WIDER's research projects are grouped into three main themes: hunger and poverty; money, finance, and trade; and development and technological transformation. Volume III deals with the strategic options for the elimination of endemic hunger. The topics covered include: the comparative extent of hunger and deprivation in different parts of the world; the influence of food production; the interconnections between economic growth and public support; the role of economic diversification in reducing vulnerability; the potential impact of direct public provisioning on living standards; and the politics of public action. In addition to general analyses, the book examines the international relevance of a number of specific country experiences in Asia, Africa, and Latin America (including those of China, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Kenya, Bangladesh, and Nigeria).

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'the authors are highly respected and the series draws on an extraordinary data base and comparison between countries. Bringing all this together is Amartya Sen. Lamont University Professor at Harvard, who has an unparalleled reputation for his work on famine, equity, and development economics ... This series forms the most definitive recent analysis of the problems of hunger and deprivation in the three continents of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The range of issues and countries covered is nothing short of extraordinary.' Dissent 'The volumes will become a standard reference for research in the field of hunger, famines and poverty and some of the papers are appropriate for reading lists in under- and post-graduate courses. The value of the approach to famine and hunger developed by Sen and Dreze ultimately lies in case studies.' Athar Hussain, London School of Economics, The Economic Journal, Dec '91 'Together with its companion volumes, this collection is a valuable contribution to the study of world hunger.' Food Policy 'This is a valuable companion to the first two excellent volumes, all desirable additions to upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections in development economics.' Social and Behavioral Sciences 'The array of articles in all three Dreze and Sen volumes is astounding.' Thomas R. DeGregori, University of Houston, Africa Today, 4th Quarter 1992 'the most ambitious treatment of the intertwined issues of hunger, famines and well-being currently in print ... Dreze and Sen's collection is a massive achievement and will doubtless become an obligatory reference for every student on the subject. Certain essays, notably those by Jean Dreze himself, should also become obligatory reading for all practitioners in the field.' Development and Change, Vol. 24 (1993) A must for the study of poverty and famine. Arabsheibani, London School of Economics

Table of contents

Carl Riskin: Feeding China: the experience since 1949; Sudhir Anand & Ravi Kanbur: Public policy and basic needs provision: intervention and achievement in Sri Lanka; Ignacy Sachs: Growth and poverty: some lessons from Brazil; Ravi Kanbur: Malnutrition and poverty in Latin America; Peter Svedberg: Undernutrition in sub-Saharan Africa: a critical assessment of the evidence; Francis Idachaba: Policy options for African agriculture; Judith Heyer: Poverty and food deprivation in Kenya's smallholder agriculture; Samuel Wangwe: The contribution of industry to solving the food problem in Africa; Siddiq Osmani: The food problems of Bangladesh; Kaushik Basu: The elimination of persistent hunger in South Asia: policy options