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The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 1: Entitlement and Well-being$
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Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198286356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286356.001.0001

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Food, Economics, and Entitlements *

Food, Economics, and Entitlements *

(p.34) 2 Food, Economics, and Entitlements*
The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 1: Entitlement and Well-being

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Putting the acquirement problem at the heart of hunger and starvation issues, this book argues that the entitlement approach, much in line with the old traditions of economics preoccupied with acquirement, can provide a general perspective to analyse effectively hunger and food policy requirements. To lower the degree of vulnerability to famine and starvation, this book raises a number of short-run issues such as famine anticipation, famine relief (food distribution vs. cash relief), and the role of food supply and food prices in famine, and some long-term policy concerns such as enhancing, securing, and guaranteeing entitlement, and diversification of production patterns.

Keywords:   acquirement problem, Adam Smith, famine anticipation, entitlement approach, food policy

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