Who's Hungry? and How Do We Know?: Food Shortage, Poverty, and Deprivation / Edition 1

Who's Hungry? and How Do We Know?: Food Shortage, Poverty, and Deprivation / Edition 1

by Laurie DeRose, Ellen Messer, Sara Millman
     
 

ISBN-10: 9280809857

ISBN-13: 9789280809855

Pub. Date: 08/01/1998

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Any attempt to reduce hunger requires a sound understanding of which people are affected. This book differentiates between food shortage (regional food scarcity), food poverty (inadequate household food supplies), and food deprivation (individual malnutrition) in order to identify the causes of hunger and recommend ways to effectively target interventions. It also

Overview

Any attempt to reduce hunger requires a sound understanding of which people are affected. This book differentiates between food shortage (regional food scarcity), food poverty (inadequate household food supplies), and food deprivation (individual malnutrition) in order to identify the causes of hunger and recommend ways to effectively target interventions. It also focuses on how we know who the hungry are.

The authors explain commonly-used means of measuring hunger, the assumptions embedded in these measures, and what can and cannot be concluded from the evidence. With many tools in place for combating hunger, the book draws attention to the policies that are working and the individuals, households, and communities that are underserved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280809855
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgementsxi
1Introduction1
Framework: Food shortage, food poverty, food deprivation1
Links between levels of hunger2
Why hunger matters5
Organization of the volume15
Works cited17
2Measuring hunger20
Input: Enough to eat?21
Output: Nutritional outcomes37
Relations among the hunger indicators47
Notes49
Works cited49
3Food shortage53
Is there a world food shortage?54
Where are there regional food shortages?57
How common are country-level food shortages?59
Causes of shortage60
The relationship between drought and famine82
Ecological and political aspects of food shortage in the 1990s86
Notes87
Works cited88
4Food poverty92
Causes of food poverty92
Kinds of data106
Case study: The importance of non-market entitlements120
Policy recommendations to reduce food poverty121
Summary and conclusions124
Works cited125
5Food deprivation131
Causes of deprivation131
Measurement of food deprivation133
Evidence137
Conclusions158
Notes160
Works cited160
6Conflict as a cause of hunger164
Food shortage related to conflict166
Food poverty related to conflict170
Distribution of conflict-related food poverty171
Food deprivation related to conflict172
The hunger costs of sanctions173
Underlying conditions173
Humanitarian and political principles and institutions limiting conflict-related hunger174
Measuring the "hunger" costs of conflict176
Conclusions179
Notes179
Works cited179
7Conclusions181
Patterns of risk181
Policy implications185
Synthesis187
Works cited188
Index189

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