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.
`"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
Background and Introduction
Characterization and Measurement of Undernutrition: Controversies and Consensus
A Model of Nutrition and Economic Productivity
Related Empirical Evidence
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?
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
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
Series: Wider Studies in Development Economics
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 5th October 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.71