Poverty and Undernutrition: Theory, Measurement, and Policy by Peter SvedbergPoverty and Undernutrition: Theory, Measurement, and Policy by Peter Svedberg

Poverty and Undernutrition: Theory, Measurement, and Policy

byPeter Svedberg

Hardcover | June 15, 2000

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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 allthose 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 fiveparts: 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 ofgaps 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 theconsequences and causes of anthropometric failure, as well as the related policy issues.
Peter Svedberg is Professor of Development Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University.
Title:Poverty and Undernutrition: Theory, Measurement, and PolicyFormat:HardcoverPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198292686

ISBN - 13:9780198292685


Table of Contents

Part IBackground and IntroductionCharacterization and Measurement of Undernutrition: Controversies and ConsensusPart IIA Model of Nutrition and Economic ProductivityRelated Empirical EvidencePart IIIUndernutrition: The FAO EstimatesCalorie Availability in Sub-Saharan AfricaCalorie Intake and Distribution: Estimates from the Consumption SideMinimum Calorie-Expenditure Requirements for IndividualsFrom Individual Calorie Requirements to Per-Capita Calorie Cut-Off PointsAggregate Estimations of Prevalence of Undernutrition: Scope for Improvements?Part IVAnthropometric Indicators of Undernutrition: Measurements and EvidenceAnthropometric Indicators: Measurement and Selection BiasesAnthropometric Status: An Incomplete Indicator of UndernutritionAnthropometric Failure: Morbidity and Mortality RisksPart VReasons for Child Mortality and Anthropometric FailureExcess Mortality, Economic Growth, and Public Action in Sub-Saharan AfricaGrowth, Public Action, and Well-Being: What can Sub-Saharan Africa Learn from Others?Synthesis and Conclusions

Editorial Reviews

`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