Food and Poverty
The Political Economy of Confrontation
By Radha Sinha
Routledge – 2011 – 206 pages
First published in 1976, this book deals with contemporary tensions between the West and the Third World, caused by hunger, malnutrition and poverty, perpetuated by an imbalance in the distribution of world resources. The book deals with the issue of malnutrition in the Third World, which owes much more to poverty and unemployment than to agricultural failure. The author also believes that population control can do little in the absence of a more equitable distribution of world resources and political power within and between countries involving a fundamental change in ideology and education.
This is a challenging and critical book, whose arguments cannot be ignored by anyone concerned with the creation of a just and stable world order.
‘This is a thought-provoking book which makes uncomfortable reading for any Western citizen. It is scholarly with an abundance of references which demonstrate the author’s depth of study.’ – International Affairs
‘This challenging and critical book presents valid arguments that cannot be ignored by those concerned with the creation of a just and stable world order.’ - The Book Exchange
‘A guided tour where the guide has studied the local history and speaks the language well.’ – Food Policy
‘It is well documented and easy to read. It is a must for every policy maker, educator, bureaucrat, political functionary, junior or senior, who has anything to do, even if remotely, with issues of poverty, food, hunger.’ – Indian Book Chronicle
1. Nature of the World Food Problem 2. Increasing Food Production 3. Choice of Technique: Walking on Two Legs 4. Employment Creation: The Planners’ Achilles Heel 5. Land Reform and the Poor 6. Credit, Marketing and Price Policy 7. Need for New Ideology 8. World Trade and the Developing Countries 9. Development Assistance and the Poor 10. Inevitability of Confrontation