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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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Experiences and Lessons

Experiences and Lessons

(p.122) 8 Experiences and Lessons
Hunger and Public Action

Jean Drèze (Contributor Webpage)

Amartya Sen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Some experiences in India and Africa are examined and lessons drawn from them. The authors show how the entitlement protection efforts of India since independence help explain the lack of famines, and then focus on the 1970 Maharashtra drought. They analyse the success stories of Cape Verde, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Botswana in Africa, referring again to the importance of entitlement protection systems. Special attention is given to the role of early intervention, private trade, diversification of economic activity and public distribution.

Keywords:   Africa, diversification, early intervention, entitlement protection, famine, India, private trade, public distribution

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