Urban Food Security and Health Status of the Poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Wolfgang-Peter Zingel
  • Markus Keck
  • Benjamin Etzold
  • Hans-Georg Bohle
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>Amartya Sen, in his seminal work on food entitlements and deprivation (1981), has effectively demonstrated that food security is first and foremost a question of access to food rather than of general availability. Furthermore, research has shown that not only the rural populations are vulnerable to food insecurity, but that it is a significant challenge to urban dwellers as well (Sen 1981: 32; Pryer and Crook 1988; Watts and Bohle 1993). This is particularly true after the so-called “urban turn” – more than half of the world’s population now live in urban habitats (UN 2008). The global food price hike of 2007 and 2008 again has taught national governments and the international aid community that an undisturbed supply of and access to food are the basic prerequisites for urban food security where basically all urban populations depend on food markets to access food.


Food Security Food Insecurity Social Vulnerability Income Quintile Urban Poor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang-Peter Zingel
    • 1
  • Markus Keck
    • 1
  • Benjamin Etzold
    • 2
  • Hans-Georg Bohle
    • 2
  1. 1.South Asia InstituteUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Geography DepartmentUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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