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The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 3: Endemic Hunger$
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Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198286370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286370.001.0001

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The Food Problems of Bangladesh *

The Food Problems of Bangladesh *

(p.307) 9 The Food Problems of Bangladesh*
The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 3: Endemic Hunger

S. R. Osmani

Oxford University Press

Bangladesh has avoided a recurrence of famine since 1974, but this does not imply that there has been improvement in the underlying trend of persistent hunger. This chapter analyses the changes that occurred as well as the tasks ahead, arguing that vulnerability still remains. The prevailing food policies accentuate rather than relieve the problem of endemic hunger, and the relatively successful overall economic growth has not been adequate in eliminating regular undernourishment. For food policies to regulate the process of entitlement contraction, an equitable diffusion of modern agricultural technology and elimination of credit constraints faced by small farmers are suggested.

Keywords:   entitlement contraction, growth, 1974 famine, public foodgrain distribution system

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