Experiences and Lessons

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

 Experiences and Lessons

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Some experiences in India and Africa are examined and lessons drawn from them. The authors show how the entitlement protection efforts of India since independence help explain the lack of famines, and then focus on the 1970 Maharashtra drought. They analyse the success stories of Cape Verde, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Botswana in Africa, referring again to the importance of entitlement protection systems. Special attention is given to the role of early intervention, private trade, diversification of economic activity and public distribution.

Keywords: Africa; diversification; early intervention; entitlement protection; famine; India; private trade; public distribution

Chapter.  18066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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