The Long Shadow of Famine
This chapter examines the aftermath of the famine, focusing in particular on its influences on the subsequent direction of development policy. Drawing on evidence from famines elsewhere in the world, it proposes that the bases of political legitimacy and the roots of policy ruptures were established in this moment. Chapter 6 argues that the lessons of the famine established the subsistence crisis contract, forcing the elite to recognize that protecting against such disasters was a political priority, essential to national progress and to attracting the aid necessary for the country’s survival. It also situates the focus on women and on non-state or NGO action in this turbulent period.
Keywords: economic reform, food security, political legitimacy, political settlement, poverty and gender, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aid conditionalities, political crisis, famine psychology, biopower
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