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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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Malnutrition and Poverty in Latin America

Malnutrition and Poverty in Latin America

(p.119) 4 Malnutrition and Poverty in Latin America
The Political Economy of Hunger: Volume 3: Endemic Hunger

S. M. Ravi Kanbur

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the state of malnutrition and poverty in Latin America, and attempts to quantify the magnitudes of the problem and identify the poor and the malnourished. Growth plays a minor role in eradicating malnutrition within a generation, and there remains a significant role for redistribution. With regards to the targeting of redistribution, socio-economic groups with a high incidence of poverty should be given priority, and the identification of the socio-economic groups in terms of vulnerability to deprivation is crucial. The chapter suggests that the analysis of the patterns of poverty and malnutrition should be carried out at country-specific level.

Keywords:   food poverty line, malnourishment, occupational determinants, growth, redistribution

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