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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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Chronic Hunger in the World: Impact of International Policies *

Chronic Hunger in the World: Impact of International Policies *

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(p.114) 5 Chronic Hunger in the World: Impact of International Policies*
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The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 1: Entitlement and Well-being
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Kirit S. Parikh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286356.003.0005

Despite significant progress in terms of food security and human development indicators the substantial problem of chronic undernutrition — an outcome of national and international policies — persists in different corners of the world. This chapter examines the extent to which the hunger of poor countries is influenced by policies of other countries. It shows that: the nutritional consequences of a crop failure, wherever it occurs, will be borne by a developing country's poor consumers; the rich countries' protection on agricultural products is reducing hunger in the poorer countries; and the developed countries' policy of ‘labour market protection’ is having the most adverse impact on world-hunger. For developing countries, a combination of targeted aid and targeted food program can be a viable option to eradicate hunger.

Keywords:   protection, rich countries, Basic Link System, poor countries

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