Needless Hunger Voices from a Bangladesh Village

ISBN-10: 093502803X
ISBN-13: 9780935028034
Edition: 2nd 1982 (Revised)
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Description: Why is a country with some of the world's most fertile land also the home of so many hungry people? Betsy Hartmann and James Boyce, both Bengali-speaking anthropologists, spent two years in Bangladesh investigating the paradox of hunger in a  More...

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Book details

List price: $8.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Institute for Food & Development Policy/Food First Books
Publication date: 6/1/1979
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Why is a country with some of the world's most fertile land also the home of so many hungry people? Betsy Hartmann and James Boyce, both Bengali-speaking anthropologists, spent two years in Bangladesh investigating the paradox of hunger in a "basketcase" country that actually produces enough grain for its people. Needless Hunger follows the history and structure of Bangladesh society, and also draws us into the daily lives of the people of Katni, the village where the authors lived. "There is no natural barrier to filling the basic human needs of Bangladesh's people," they conclude. "But there is the man-made barrier of a social order benefiting the few at the expense of the many." They found that the foreign aid pouring into the country actually entrenches the very elite, who keep the majority powerless and hungry. Needless Hunger is also a book of hope, describing the strength and potential of the Bangladesh people, and their desire for a society where food-producing resources are controlled by the majority. Book jacket.

Hunger in a Fertile Land
The Paradox
Riches to Rags
The Making of Hunger
Who Owns the Land?
Shaha Paikur: Landlord, Merchant and Moneylender
Siphoning the Surplus
The Trials of a Poor Peasant Family
The Inefficiency of Inequality
The Death of a Landless Laborer
What Is the Alternative?
Us and Them
Foreign Aid: A Helping Hand?
Family Planning Comes to Bangladesh
What Can We Do?
Notes
Further Reading on Bangladesh
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