ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Politics of Food and Famine in Bangladesh

Countries like Bangladesh are, even in normal times, vulnerable to pressures applied by donors of aid like the United States, and more so when they are faced with the prospect of natural or manmade famines, and when the aid sought is food. Such pressures have generally been related to specific issues of economic policy, though no doubt having political implications. In the situation of acute famine that prevailed in Bangladesh in 1974, however, the United States used food aid to exert political pressure pressures which were to bear fruit in the political changes that were brought about in August 1975.

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