1st Edition

Why Nations Fail to Feed the Poor The Politics of Food Security in Bangladesh

By Mohammad Mozahidul Islam Copyright 2023
    318 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the political and economic dimensions of food security in Bangladesh and assesses the role of the state in meeting the challenges of food security. The key concern, which is at the heart of this study, is to explore how Bangladesh responds, when its people go hungry. There are no detailed empirical studies that examine the Bangladesh’s role by providing an historical cum political analysis; however conventional approaches are primarily concerned with a partial diagnosis of the economic or nutritional problems of food security. The book then provides a detailed picture of the missing dimensions of state that include the strength of institutions, the scope of state functions, and other important attributes. In doing so, it uses the concept of neo-patrimonialism to explore the political system of Bangladesh.

    This book explicates the various impediments to food security, ranging from the process of policy formulation to their implementation mechanisms. It unpacks the structural weaknesses of the Bangladesh's institutional capacity in promoting food security, and, in the process, argues that the root cause of food insecurity is deeply embedded in the nature of the government itself, and the political institutions that link the state and society.


    1. Introduction

    2. Food Security, the State and Institutional Effectiveness

    3. The Political Origin of Hunger in Bangladesh

    4. The Problems of Food Availability and Accessibility

    5. Governance, Food Availability and Food Security in Bangladesh

    6. Governance, the State and Food Accessibility

    7. Conclusion


    Mohammad Mozahidul Islam is Professor and Chairperson, Department of History, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka.