The political economy of hunger
Why is there hunger? It's nothing to do with a lack of food.
Date Written: 17/11/2014
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX16986
The fact there's enough food to feed everyone has slowly been acknowledged amongst the ruling institutions. The intuitive answer to this question is that there must be a lack of food. This explanation comes in two flavours. Chronic hunger is typically explained by the Malthusian argument that population growth perennially outstrips food production. Acute hunger, such as famines, is typically explained in terms of Food Availability Decline, such as crop failures due to drought.