Book Chapter
Chronic Hunger in the World

Impact of International Policies

Despite significant progress in terms of food security and human development indicators the substantial problem of chronic undernutrition — an outcome of national and international policies — persists in different corners of the world. This chapter examines the extent to which the hunger of poor countries is influenced by policies of other countries. It shows that: the nutritional consequences of a crop failure, wherever it occurs, will be borne by a developing country's poor consumers; the rich countries' protection on agricultural products is reducing hunger in the poorer countries; and the developed countries' policy of ‘labour market protection’ is having the most adverse impact on world-hunger. For developing countries, a combination of targeted aid and targeted food program can be a viable option to eradicate hunger.