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Title:From Long-Term Patterns of Seasonal Hunger to Changing Experiences of Everyday Poverty: Northeastern Ghana, c. 1930-2000
Author:Destombes, Jerome
Year:2006
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:47
Issue:2
Pages:181-205
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:nutrition
food shortage
poverty
History and Exploration
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
colonialism
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4A87B03A758CD9D5A78E
Abstract:This article is a West African case study of the nutritional history of everyday poverty. It draws on statistical evidence collected in northeastern Ghana. In the 1930s, pioneer colonial surveys revealed that seasonal poor diet was pervasive, by contrast with undernourishment. They pave the way for constructing a new set of anthropometric data in Nangodi, a savanna polity where John Hunter completed a classic study of seasonal hunger in the 1960s. A re-survey of the same sections and lineages c. 2000, during a full agricultural cycle, shows a significant improvement in nutritional statuses, notably for women. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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