Seasons of hunger : fighting cycles of quiet starvation among the world's rural poor



Seasons of hunger : fighting cycles of quiet starvation among the world's rural poor

Stephen Devereux, Bapu Vaitla and Samuel Hauenstein Swan ; foreword by Robert Chambers

Pluto Press in association with Action Against Hunger, ACF International Network, 2008

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"A Hunger Watch publication"--Cover

Includes bibliographical references (p. 131-139) and index



Every year, millions of the rural poor suffer from predictable and preventable seasonal hunger. This hunger is less dramatic but no less damaging than the starvation associated with famines, wars and natural disasters. Seasons of Hunger explores why the world does not react to a crisis that we know will continue year after year. Seasonal hunger is caused by annual cycles of shrinking food stocks, rising prices, and lack of income. This hidden hunger pushes millions of children to the brink of starvation every year, permanently stunting their physical and cognitive development, weakening their immune systems and opening the door for killer diseases. Action Against Hunger argue that ending seasonal hunger could save millions of young lives and is key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This book documents seasonal hunger in four countries - India, Malawi, Mali and Myanmar - including personal stories and country-wide data which shows the magnitude of the problem. The authors also find encouraging examples of interventions designed to address seasonality - initiatives led by governments, donors and NGOs, and poor people themselves - and propose a package of advocacy messages that could contribute to the global eradication of seasonal hunger. This book will be a valuable resource for journalists, policy makers, NGO members and students of development studies.


Foreword Introduction 1. Those with Cold Hands 2. A World Full of Good Ideas 3. From Policy to Rights 4. Postscript: Oneness Appendix A: The Cost of a Minimum Essential Intervention Package to Fight Seasonal Hunger References and Further Reading Index

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