Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745328263 Published November 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745328270 Published November 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Seasons of Hunger: Fighting Cycles of Starvation Among the World's Rural Poor

Stephen Devereux, Samuel Hauenstein Swan, and Bapu Vaitla

Seasons of Hunger: Fighting Cycles of Starvation Among the World's Rural Poor

Stephen Devereux, Samuel Hauenstein Swan, and Bapu Vaitla

Distributed for Pluto Press

184 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2008  
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745328263 Published November 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745328270 Published November 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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.

Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Those with Cold Hands
A World Full of Good Ideas
From Policy to Rights
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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