The Battle Against Hunger: Choice, Circumstance, and the World Bank

The Battle Against Hunger: Choice, Circumstance, and the World Bank

by Devi Sridhar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199549966

ISBN-13: 9780199549962

Pub. Date: 11/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

We live in an increasingly prosperous world, yet the estimated number of undernourished people has risen, and will continue to rise with the doubling of food prices. A large majority of those affected are living in India. Why have strategies to combat hunger, especially in India, failed so badly? How did a nation that prides itself on booming economic growth come

Overview

We live in an increasingly prosperous world, yet the estimated number of undernourished people has risen, and will continue to rise with the doubling of food prices. A large majority of those affected are living in India. Why have strategies to combat hunger, especially in India, failed so badly? How did a nation that prides itself on booming economic growth come to have half of its preschool population undernourished?

Using the case study of a World Bank nutrition project in India, this book takes on these questions and probes the issues surrounding development assistance, strategies to eliminate undernutrition, and how hunger should be fundamentally understood and addressed.

Throughout the book, the underlying tension between choice and circumstance is explored. How much are individuals able to determine their life choices? How much should policy-makers take underlying social forces into account when designing policy? This book examines the possibilities, and obstacles, to eliminating child hunger.

This book is not just about nutrition. It is an attempt to uncover the workings of power through a close look at the structures, discourses, and agencies through which nutrition policy operates. In this process, the source of nutrition policy in the World Bank is traced to those affected by the policies in India.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199549962
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Acknowledgements xi

List of Figures xiii

List of Tables xiv

List of Abbreviations xvi

Glossary xviii

1 Hunger: Choice or Circumstance? 1

2 The World Bank in India 20

3 Understanding Hunger 55

4 Addressing Hunger 84

5 The View from the Community 108

6 What Works? 156

7 The Way Forward 194

Bibliography 204

Index 223

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