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World Hunger: Twelve Myths (Anglais) Broché – octobre 1986


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The revised edition of this text includes substantial new material on hunger in the aftermath of the Cold War; global food productioin versus population growth; changing demographics and falling birth rates around the world; the shifting focus of foreign assistance in the new world order; structural adjustment and other budget-slashing policies; trade liberalization and free trade agreements; famine and humanitarian interventions; and the thrid worldization of developed nations. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .


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  • Broché
  • Editeur : Grove Pr (octobre 1986)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0802150411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802150417
  • Dimensions du produit: 1,9 x 14 x 21 cm
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Par fatuneh le 28 septembre 2010
Format: Broché
This book is a very good reference for development aid projects. It profoundly describes the problems and the solutions, both the successful and the failures. It analyzes the failures and gives sufficient background information about the problems (i.e. weather, levels of education, reasons behind the poverty, etc). It is also not bias towards a single organism or boring with too many technicalities. Great book!
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Invaluable, Illuminating, Empowering 15 septembre 2002
Par matt vargas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
World Hunger: Twelve Myths clearly identifies the root causes of hunger as stemming from inequity and lack of true democracy, dispelling entirely the common belief that inadaquate food production is to blame. In their plain spoken and positive eloquence, the authors overwhelmingly succeed in conveying otherwise dauntingly complex global social and economic dynamics that contribute to world hunger and how each must be changed to honestly address the plight of the poor.
World Hunger: 12 Myths should have a permanent home in school curricula, libraries, and in the hands of people of all ages wishing to better understand and improve the world in which they live.
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The truth will come out 1 septembre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book tells it like it is. There are myths about world hunger. Some are plausible but not true. Others are so clearly silly once you think about it that the author, represents the lad in "The Emporer's New Clothes."
He says to Monsanto, for example, your claims of genetic seed stopping world hunger are bogus because world hunger is worsened by your products. To Archers Daniel Midlands big agribiz company's proclamations of helping end world hunger, another "Balogna." You see, there are so many poor farmers all over the world who need to feed local people using simple methods that have worked for thousands of years. Both the chemical companies and other agribusiness firms make hunger worse by enabling practicies that undermine the little guy feeding the poor. Instead, the practices make "First World" investors rich on the backs of the "Third World" farmers and people.
This book is one you've got to read if you care about world hunger. It is well researched and well written about the myths of world hunger.
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An excellent resource 16 mai 2002
Par Paul Lappen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Over the years, many myths have emerged about the subject of world hunger. People think that if this or that should happen, hunger will disappear, and no longer will westerners have to look at pictures of starving babies in Africa. This book explodes many of those myths.
Some people think that population (or overpopulation) is the problem. Others think that there simply isn't enough food available, or that nature, with her floods and droughts, is the culprit. Still others think that the solution lies with free trade, or letting the market provide, or with the Green Revolution, with its heavy emphasis on pesticides and other chemicals. Other possibilities are that the poor are simply too hungry to revolt, or that the US should increase its stingy foreign aid budget.
The authors place the blame elsewhere. All over the world, there has been a huge concentration of land in fewer and fewer hands, forcing poor and middle-class peasants off the land (in the US, witness the decline of the family farmer). Structural adjustment programs from places like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (part of the requirements when asking for a loan) require a country to reorient its agriculture toward items that are easily exportable rather than items that can feed their people. Another requirement is the removal of internal tariffs and other barriers to the import of grain and other foodstuffs. It results in a flood of cheaper (usually American) agricultural products reaching the market, driving local farmers out of business. The countries that one thinks of when hearing "famine" actually produce enough food to feed their people. The only problem is that much of it has to go overseas to help pay the foreign debt.
This book is excellent. It presents a potentially complex subject in a clear, easy to understand manner. It contains a list of addresses to contact for more information, and is a great activism reference.
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The emperor has no clothes! 10 mars 2002
Par Kerry Walters - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
There are few people in this country who have done more to raise consciousness about food, economy, and natural resources than Frances Moore Lappe. She was a prophet for sustainability long before it became fashionable to buck the emerging globalism. Her *World Hunger: 12 Myths*, an expanded and updated version of the earlier *World Hunger: 10 Myths*, is a pivotal text.
The central claim defended here is that hunger is a question of distribution, not scarcity of food or surplus of people. Hunger, in short, is a political problem, and in *12 Myths* Lappe and her co-authors systematically debunk the misconceptions and spins that blind us to the real nature of world hunger.
This book is subversive in the best sense of the word. It shakes our own complacency; it dares to say that the self-serving corporate and political explanations for world hunger have no substance; and it offers strategies for actually doing something to solve the problem. The thing is this: we're all implicated in the problem of world hunger. All of us eat, and in eating we at least implicitly condone the maldistribution of foodstuffs that gives us tomatoes and kiwis in the dead of winter while farmers of these exportable cash crops in the third world starve. But it doesn't have to be this way. As Lappe says, "Where and how we spend our money--or don't spend it--is a vote for the kind of world we want to create. For example, in most communities we can now choose to shop at food stores that offer less-processed and less-wastefully-packaged foods, stores managed by the workers themselves, instad of conglomerate-controlled supermarkets. And we can choose to redirect our consumer dollars in support of specific product boycotts . . . "
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Excellent Warning Against Market Fundamentalism 3 avril 2002
Par Stephen Cannon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book does an excellent job of showing how despite the economic growth that has been spurred worldwide thanks to deregulation, liberalization of trade and finance, and improvements in information technology, adherence to market fundamentalism has contributed to creating stark disparities in the distribution of wealth between developed and developing nations, as well as within those nations themselves.
Nevertheless, globalization, for whatever faults it possesses, has made the people of the nations of the world feel more connected than ever (In fact, I'm writing this from Japan, where I have lived for seven years). this book sensibly points out that In order to come up with a food policy that will minimize hunger worldwide, naturally poverty must also be reined in. It seems to me that in order to significantly reduce poverty, all nations must make a fundamental shift in their foreign policy away from acting for the benefit of national interests and toward the benefits of the human race as a whole. I cannot say whether mankind is ready for such a change at this juncture.
However, The book concludes that the freedom to eke out a living (the problem of the poor) supersedes the right to accumulate unlimited wealth (the hoarding of wealth by a small number of people). While this is most certainly true, it also seemed to oversimplify the problem of disparity of income based on the very facts presented in the book. While the book did denounce communist regimes at one point in the book, I felt that the conclusion of the book unneccessarily demonized wealthy individuals and major companies and called the proletariat of the world to unite.
For this weakness in its conclusion, I can only give this work four stars, but still I do strongly recommend giving a careful read to this text for the invaluable information it provides on this terrible problem.
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