Calendar (Syllabus of Readings)

Unit 4: Solving Food Shortage Today


Week 11, Mon. 4/15 – Defining Famine

Reading: Start by reading the Wikipedia entry on “Famine” and see how it accords with your own understanding from the work in class up to this point.  Print out the entry and go through it marking off places where you find the definition problematic.

Additional Reading: Devereux, “Famine Intensity and Magnitude Scales” 20pgs.

Rockett, “Definitions are not what they seem,” 10 pages


Week 11, Thurs. 4/18 – Development, Aid and Famine Relief

Reading: Edkins, Whose Hunger?, 67-102 (chapter 4 - ebrary pagination 90-125).  Ebrary

Drury, “Politics of Humanitarian Aid,” (20 pages)


Week 12, Mon. 4/22 – Malnutrition and Famine – Food as a Human Right

Reading: Singer, “Famine, Affluence and Morality,” (15 pages)

Jamieson, “Duties to the Distant: Aid and Intervention,” (20 pages)

Peterson, “Foreign Aid and the Moral Value of Freedom,” (15 pages)

George Kent, Freedom from Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food, chap. 1 (14)

De Waal, “Famine and Human Rights” – 8 pages

Week 12, Thurs. 4/25 – The History of Aid

Reading: Everyone start with this:

Carol Lancaster, Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics, Chapter 2.  EBRARY

Then Choose one of the following:

Hall-Matthews, David (1996), "Historical Roots of Famine Relief Paradigms: Ideas on Dependency and Free Trade in India in the 1870s", Disasters 20 (3): 216–230 - starts on page 51 of the PDF.

Digby, William. The Famine Campaign in Southern India, Madras and Bombay Presidencies and Province of Mysore, 1876-1878 by William Digby. London Longmans, Green, 1878.
Either Volume One or Volume Two
Check out particularly in volume one anything in pages 245-332; and some about charity in the sections from 367ff and 467ff.
For Volume Two, look at anything from 1-164; especially the first 83 pages which are explicitly about private charity; and also possibly 317-329.

Friday 4/26 – Third Paper Due: USAID Staff Report or Revision of Famine Position Paper


Week 13, Mon. 4/29 – US Hunger and Poverty


Legal history of food stamps

And an article on Food Stamps today:

Gundersen, Craig; LeBlanc, Michael; Kuhn, Betsey, "The Changing Food Assistance Landscape: The Food Stamp Program in a Post-Welfare Reform Environment, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Economics Report No. (AER773) 36 pp, March 1999.  Look especially at the Food Stamp chapter (only 5 pages)

And then a general essay on food in the US (somewhat pro-farmers markets, local food, etc.):

Winne, Closing the Food Gap (Beacon Press, 2008).  Look especially at chapter 2, 6, 9 and 10.

And two supplemental articles on food deserts:

Feather, "Valuing Food Store Access," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 85, No. 1, Feb., 2003.

Shaw, "Food Deserts: Towards the Development of a Classification," in Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, 88:2, (2006).

Old Topic: Global Warming and the Future of Agriculture

Reading: World Food Overview – 8 pages

O’Grada, Famine: A Short History, chapter 8: “An End to Famine?” Ebrary

Verdin, “Climate and Famine Early Warning,” 15 pages

Koneswaran, Farm Animals and Global Warming, 7 pages

Robert Mendelsohn, William Nordhaus and Daigee Shaw, “ The Impact of Global Warming on Agriculture: A Ricardian Analysis,” The American Economic Review, Vol. 84, No. 4 (Sep., 1994): 753-771.


Week 13, Thurs. 5/2Student Presentations


Week 14, Mon. 5/6 – Media and Famine Reporting

Reading: Edkins, Whose Hunger, 103-127 (chapter 5 - ebrary pagination 126ff); Ebrary

Susan Moeller, Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sells Disease, Famine, War and Death (Routledge, 1999), 97-110. Ebrary

Various Media Articles – google, find your own.


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