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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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Global Food Balances and Individual Hunger: Three Themes in an Entitlements‐Based Approach *

Global Food Balances and Individual Hunger: Three Themes in an Entitlements‐Based Approach *

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(p.53) 3 Global Food Balances and Individual Hunger: Three Themes in an Entitlements‐Based Approach*
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The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 1: Entitlement and Well-being
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S. M. Ravi Kanbur

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286356.003.0003

This chapter discusses three themes illuminating the regional element in the link between global food balances and individual hunger. First, for a nation-state in a global setting, it underlines the importance of non-market-based food-entitlements and the availability of food aid. Importantly, the prices of non-food exports should be considered while constructing early warning systems. It is argued that there can be and usually are significant indirect effects when various traded and non-traded food crops are substitutes in production or consumption. Lastly, in a system of market-based entitlements, there exists net buyers and net sellers, and hence a fall in food price has a mixed impact. The chapter also examines the problem of data availability. For making good use of nutrition-based poverty measures, performing sensitivity analysis using different cut-offs is suggested.

Keywords:   nation-state, net buyer, net sellers, traded food crops, non-traded food crops

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