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Food Security: An ODA View

Publisher: Institute of Development Studies

Whether people have enough food is politically highly sensitive in all but the most totalitarian societies. And it is a matter of life and death to the poorest and economically most vulnerable people in any country. So food issues are likely to remain high on the agenda for developing country governments and aid donors alike. But how far should food issues be handled in order that they be given due weight without undesirably distracting attention from other worthy emphases and objectives of economic and social development? This paper discusses the usefulness of the concepts of transitory and chronic food insecurity, first in general terms and then in the context of ODA's own activities.

Author(s): E. M. Cassidy, P. J. Dearden | Views(358)

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