Economic growth will not feed the hungry, say researchers

December 4, 2012

(Medical Xpress)—New research on India's rural poor has revealed that the country's impressive economic growth has not made a significant dent in its low levels of adult and child nutrition.

The team from the Universities of Manchester, Delhi, Cape Coast and Arkansas say the large sector of the economy relying on low wages and physically demanding work hinders improvement in nutrition across rural areas.

Policies which empower women through better education and employment opportunities are key to reduce the number of undernourished children they add.

Dr Katsushi Imai, Senior Lecturer from The University of Manchester, says increasing the productivity of farmers, fishermen, labourers and production workers reliant on manual labour, has had little impact on nutritional status.

The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, draws upon large nation-wide micro data on and other nutritional data collected in India from 1992, 1998 and 2005.

He said: "In India, adult measured by BMI has improved since 1982, but the pace has been sluggish.

"On , the situation is far worse: India has one of the worst levels of , underweight and wasting among children in Asia despite its status as a major .

"Our research has shown that these problems cannot be resolved alone by increasing productivity and economic growth.

He added: "For adults it's the type of employment which tends to result in these lower BMI figures.

"Unemployment, low pay and reliance on physically demanding work are to blame- and increasing productivity in these sectors changes little.

"But creating more professionals and managers is far from an easy option for a majority of the poor as they lack skills and education and cannot overcome structural barriers that are so pervasive.

"Extensive provision of health insurance and better infrastructure are also likely to reduce the temporary nutritional deprivation of children.

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2.5 / 5 (8) Dec 04, 2012
Incomplete headline. Should read: "Economic growth IN SOCIALIST STATE will not feed the hungry".
4 / 5 (4) Dec 04, 2012
Meanwhile in the Corrupt American state.

Corporate Profits Hit Record High While Worker Wages Hit Record Low

2.7 / 5 (7) Dec 04, 2012
Amazing that we've survived at all, isn't it? How DID we become a world power before the Progressives took charge?

3 / 5 (6) Dec 04, 2012
Initially it was done through the exploitation of vast untapped resources on a continent that was essentially unpopulated.

Resistance from the origional American population did occur however, and was overcome through the mass extermination of 8 million of them by those who now call themselves Americans.

"How DID we become a world power before the Progressives took charge?" - iscroft

Later, as the U.S. was becoming industrialized, two events known as WW1 and WW2 permitted the U.S. to gain the upper hand by supplying weapons to Europe in two wars that would reduce much of Europe to Rubble, and then of course profiting again through the sale of U.S. goods to Europe as it rebuilt from those wars.

Europe is now rebuilt, and the U.S. is now Bankrupt in part, as a result of Europe's economic revival, and in large part by a vast campaign of economic treason waged against their own nation by American Republicans.

Are there any other questions you would like me to answer for you?

3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 05, 2012
It cannot be said that Democrats did not act with treachery either. Both platforms and their disinformation lists represent two extremes of Half Truths. A Half Truth is Half False and Half False is False. Thus both parties represent the False or sadly the corrupt.
3 / 5 (6) Dec 05, 2012
Are there any other questions you would like me to answer for you?

Yes, Scott. Aren't you tired of living in your mom's basement? Don't the voices in your head echo down there?
2.3 / 5 (6) Dec 05, 2012
Govts the promote economic growth by protecting private property rights DO feed the hungry.
USSR had to starve millions in Ukraine, China starved millions, millions starving in DPRK. Zimbabwe used to export excess food. After socialism, they are now starving.
Socialist Cuba has figured this out and is now PERMITTING people to have gardens and are allowed to SELL their excess.
Economic growth makes food production more efficient making food more affordable and such growth increases individual incomes lowering the percentage of income needed for food. That's a twofer, lower cost food and increased incomes AFTER buying that food.
NZ ended govt subsidy for ag products and NZ is exporting significant quantities of food and their farmers are prosperous.
That's bad for socialism, prosperous people who are not starving and don't need the socialist's help.
3 / 5 (2) Dec 06, 2012
When Conservative Scum are intellectually outgunned, they just start lobbing insults at their superiors.

"Yes, Scott. Aren't you tired of living in your mom's basement?" - jscroft

It is standard GOP practice.
5 / 5 (1) Dec 06, 2012
Odd how RyggTard flits from claiming that Governments are pure evil because they don't protect proprty rights, and then when it is self evident that the world is being fed, changes his tune to claim that Governments are protecting property rights.

But of course, now it's only the Governments he approves of.

"Govts the promote economic growth by protecting private property rights DO feed the hungry." - RyggTard

It's nothing more than Classic Libertarian/Randite idiocy of course.

How laughable it is that America has been so utterly destroyed by the corrupt form of Capitalism that RyggTard promotes.

It is truly caussed by a mental disease.
2 / 5 (4) Dec 06, 2012
"There's another disease that destroys vastly more lives each year than cancer. And we've found the cure for it – but no one is celebrating. Indeed, hardly anyone seems even to have noticed that we've already figured out how to rid the world of its most destructive scourge.

This disease is poverty. And the cure for poverty is the Free Market. That's because the Free Market is the only environment in which entrepreneurs can flourish. And it's the entrepreneurs – and only the entrepreneurs -- who create the jobs that lift us all out of poverty."
"The "atmosphere" that entrepreneurs require to survive and flourish is called the Free Market. The Free Market is comprised of property rights, the rule of law, "
The rule of law and property rights were eliminated in Zimbabwe and the country is starving.

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