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

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Overview

This book recognizes that any attempt to reduce hunger requires a sound understanding of which people are affected. It 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 a critical second question--how do 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. They examine how rules for food distribution operate under normal versus crisis conditions. The shortage/poverty/deprivation framework is designed to call attention to hunger even when food is abundant, as well as to learn how hunger is avoided even when food is scarce. With many tools in place for combating hunger, the book draws attention to the policies that are working and to the individuals, households, and communities that are underserved. The book refines common thinking about the underlying causes of hunger by examining who are most affected.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280809855
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 368,603
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie DeRose is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brown University. She teaches primarily in the fields of demography, development, and methodology. Ellen Messer is a nutritional anthropologist. She has been Associate Professor at the Brown University World Hunger Program since 1986 and was Director from 1993 to 1996. She is co-editor of the Program's bi-annual Hunger Report. Sara Millman trained as a demographer at the Universities of Washington (M.A.) and Michigan (Ph.D.). She worked with the World Hunger Program at Brown University for several years. Currently Dr. Millman teaches sociology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Measuring hunger 20
3 Food shortage 53
4 Food poverty 92
5 Food deprivation 131
6 Conflict as a cause of hunger 164
7 Conclusions 181
Index 189
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