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Poverty and Undernutrition : Theory, Measurement, and Policy - Peter Svedberg

Poverty and Undernutrition

Theory, Measurement, and Policy

Hardcover Published: 5th October 2000
ISBN: 9780198292685
Number Of Pages: 384

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A large share of the population in many developing countries suffer from chronic undernutrition. In this book, Professor Svedberg provides a detailed comparative study of undernutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the two worst affected areas, and provides crucial advice for all those concerned in development worldwide. The book concentrates on the five challenges that undernutrition creates: what undernutrition is, who the undernourished are, where the undernourished are, when people are undernourished, and why people are undernourished. The book is divided into five parts: Part I introduces the main paradigms and controversies of undernutrition; Part II deals with the relationship in the individual between calorie intake/expenditure, work effort, body weight, and income; Part III assesses the method of defining and measuring undernutrition based on estimates of gaps between calorie intake and calorie requirements for households; Part IV provides a parallel analysis of the main alternative approach to defining and measuring undernutrition, based on anthropometric assessment, mainly of young children, but also adolescents and adults; Part V analyses the consequences and causes of anthropometric failure, as well as the related policy issues.

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`"It is not easy to think of any social problem in the contemporary world that deserves greater attention than the foggy adversity of chronic and widespread undernutrition", writes Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen in his foreword to this book which, according to him, "is indeed a major contribution to the understanding of undernutrition in the world"' Development and Cooperation `This volume provides a very thorough analysis of the problem of undernutrition, particularly in developing countries, and with particular reference to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.' Aslib Book Guide

Part I Background and Introduction Characterization and Measurement of Undernutrition: Controversies and Consensus Part II A Model of Nutrition and Economic Productivity Related Empirical Evidence Part III Undernutrition: The FAO Estimates Calorie Availability in Sub-Saharan Africa Calorie Intake and Distribution: Estimates from the Consumption Side Minimum Calorie-Expenditure Requirements for Individuals From Individual Calorie Requirements to Per-Capita Calorie Cut-Off Points Aggregate Estimations of Prevalence of Undernutrition: Scope for Improvements? Part IV Anthropometric Indicators of Undernutrition: Measurements and Evidence Anthropometric Indicators: Measurement and Selection Biases Anthropometric Status: An Incomplete Indicator of Undernutrition Anthropometric Failure: Morbidity and Mortality Risks Part V Reasons for Child Mortality and Anthropometric Failure Excess Mortality, Economic Growth, and Public Action in Sub-Saharan Africa Growth, Public Action, and Well-Being: What can Sub-Saharan Africa Learn from Others? Synthesis and Conclusions

ISBN: 9780198292685
ISBN-10: 0198292686
Series: Wider Studies in Development Economics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 5th October 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.71