Naomi Hossain

in The Aid Lab

Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780198785507
Published online March 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191827419 | DOI:

Series: Critical Frontiers Of Theory, Research, And Policy In International Development Studies


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This chapter examines the pivotal event in the history of Bangladesh’s development project: the famine of 1974. It examines different explanations for the famine, and concludes that under the post-war conditions, at a time of Cold War and global economic food crisis, such a crisis was all but inevitable. A combination of floods, an ill-equipped administrative response, and the use of food aid as a Cold War weapon by the US sentenced 1.5 million people—in all, 2 per cent of a population that was already greatly weakened by poverty and war—to death by starvation and its related syndromes.

Keywords: famine; entitlement theory; Cold War; food aid; floods; triage theory; famine relief; famine economics

Chapter.  10971 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth ; Business and Management

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