The Political Economy of Hunger

The Political Economy of Hunger

Hunger kills millions more people each year than wars or political repression. By a rough estimate, the current toll of hunger-related deaths equals several hundred jumbo jets crashing each day with no survivors. Yet, apart from concern about recurrent famines, this incredible carnage is given little attention in the industrialized countries. The neglect is only partly explained by the First World’s physical distance from the front lines where third-world people are dying of starvation. The more crucial, and unpleasant, explanation lies in the fact that Western thinkers and activists—and their counterparts in the poorer countries—mindlessly accept an agenda on Third World problems set by the industrialized countries that has not moved beyond its colonial, imperial roots.

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