Hunger and Public Action (Wider Studies in Development by Jean Drèze, Amartya Sen

By Jean Drèze, Amartya Sen

Analyzing the matter of starvation within the glossy international and the function public opinion may possibly play in combatting it, Dr?ze and Sen right here supply a coherent point of view at the advanced dietary, fiscal, social, and political matters curious about the research of starvation. They discover famine prevention via a sequence of case stories in Africa and in other places, and talk about the matter of continual undernourishment. Sen was once presented the second one Agnelli Prize for the moral size in complex Societies in March 1990 in attractiveness of his amazing contribution to the certainty of the moral size in sleek society.

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26 HUNGER IN THE MODERN WORLD The links between food availability and entitlements are indeed numerous and often important. First, for some people, the output of food grown by themselves is also their basic entitlement to food. For example, for peasants engaged mainly in growing food crops, the output, availability, and entitlement of food for the family can be much the same. 11 Second, one of the major influences on the ability of anyone to purchase food is clearly the price of food, and that price is, of course, influenced by the production and availability of food in the economy.

It may be in the interest of the capitalists to get a larger share of the output produced, and in the interest of the workers to obtain higher wages and better working conditions and resist 'exploitation'. In the context of productive activities of other kinds, the relations between, say, a share-cropper and a landlord, or between the members of a production team, or between the different parties in a cartel, also involve obvious situations of cooperative conflict. To take another example, it is typically in the interest of all the members of a family to cooperate in living together.

For example, several countries have achieved some success in preventing famines by combining cash transfers to vulnerable groups in the form of wages for public employment with reliance on the private sector for moving food to affected regions, along with public participation in food distribution to prevent the emergence of collusive manipulations by private traders. These combined strategies illustrate the fruitfulness of taking an integrated and pluralist view of public action. Fifth, public action should not be confused with state action only.

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