Seasonal Hunger and Public Policies: Evidence from Northwest Bangladesh

Reports
Sectors:
Nutrition, Social Protection, Food Security
Organization:
World Bank Group (WBG)
Author:
Shahidur R. Khandker and Wahiduddin Mahmud
Regions:
South Asia
Publication Dates:
January, 2012
Content Formats:
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Seasonal hunger persists in many agricultural area of tropical Asia, in spite of movement towards diversification. This book provides an exhaustive inquiry of seasonal hunger in rural Bangladesh, with a special emphasis on the country’s vulnerable northwest region. By combining regional surveys with large data sets from nationally representative household surveys, the authors attempt to analyze the extent and causes of seasonal hunger while highlighting the interlocking nature of seasonality and endemic poverty. The book also attempts to assess the impacts of recently launched policy interventions: introduction of new crop technology; provision of public works and other safety nets; facilitation of out-migration; asset transfer and skill training; and introduction of specially designed microcredit programs.

 

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