Nutrition and Capability

Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

in Hunger and Public Action

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198283652
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596193 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Nutrition and Capability

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The difficulties in defining, describing, and measuring hunger and the consequences of this problem on public policy are highlighted. Mention is made of the deficiencies of the traditional nutritional analysis as a measure of food deprivation and people undernourishment, and ways to solve this problem are suggested. The last part draws on the advantages of the capability approach (and the concept of entitlement) in studying deprivation.

Keywords: capability; entitlement; food deprivation; hunger; hunger measurement; public policy; traditional nutritional analysis; undernourishment

Chapter.  5688 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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