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Hunger and Public Action$
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Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198283652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198283652.001.0001

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China and India

China and India

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(p.204) 11 China and India
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Hunger and Public Action
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Jean Drèze (Contributor Webpage)

Amartya Sen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198283652.003.0011

Taking advantage of the similarities between China and India when they began their development planning, an assessment is made of their achievements and how eventually China had greater success than India in fighting endemic deprivation. The Chinese experience is seen as a success story of support‐led security solving the problem of chronic hunger. This is contrasted with the unsuccessful experience with the Chinese famine. The last part focuses on Kerala, which, although one of the poorer states in India, has managed to achieve high levels of life expectancy.

Keywords:   China, Chinese famine, India, Kerala, persistent undernutrition, public support, support‐led security

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