Famines, Markets and Intervention

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

 Famines, Markets and Intervention

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Some of the deficiencies of direct delivery strategies as a means of preventing famines are noted before the part that markets can play in precipitating or relieving famine is explored. The relationship of food availability and prices to individual entitlements is studied. The argument then moves to the role of transactions, both interregional (private trade) and intertemporal (hoarding), on famine vulnerability and how the government could intervene in each case. The last part discusses the merits and limitations of cash support, and recommends its greater use.

Keywords: cash support; direct delivery strategies; entitlements; famine; food availability; food prices; hoarding; markets; private trade; public intervention

Chapter.  10222 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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