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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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Nutrition and Capability

Nutrition and Capability

(p.35) 3 Nutrition and Capability
Hunger and Public Action

Jean Drèze (Contributor Webpage)

Amartya Sen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The difficulties in defining, describing, and measuring hunger and the consequences of this problem on public policy are highlighted. Mention is made of the deficiencies of the traditional nutritional analysis as a measure of food deprivation and people undernourishment, and ways to solve this problem are suggested. The last part draws on the advantages of the capability approach (and the concept of entitlement) in studying deprivation.

Keywords:   capability, entitlement, food deprivation, hunger, hunger measurement, public policy, traditional nutritional analysis, undernourishment

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