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close this bookNeedless Hunger - Voices from a Bangladesh Village (FF, 1982, 74 p.)
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close this folderHunger in a fertile land
View the document1. The paradox
View the document2. Riches to rags
close this folderThe making of hunger
close this folder3. Who owns the land
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View the documentShaha Paikur: landlord, merchant and moneylender
close this folder4. Siphoning the surplus
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View the documentThe trials of a poor peasant family
close this folder5. The inefficiency of inequalily
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View the documentThe death of a landless laborer
View the document6. What is the alternative?
close this folderUs and them
close this folder7. Foreign helping hand ?
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View the documentFamily planning comes to Bangladesh
View the document8. What can we do?
View the documentNotes
View the documentFurther reading on Bangladesh
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Betsy Hartmann
James K. Boyce

145 NINTH STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 U.S.A. (415) 864-8555

Hartmann, Betsy.

Needless hunger: voices from a Bangladesh village/Betsy Hartmann, James K. Boyce-San Francisco, Calif.: Institute for Food and Development Policy. c1979.

Bibliography: P. 66-68

1. Food supply - Bangladesh. 2. Hunger. 3. Agriculture - Bangladesh. 4. Bangladesh-Rural conditions. 1. Boyce, James K., joint author. II. Institute for Food and Development Policy, San Francisco. III. Title.




ISBN: 0-935028-03-X

© 1979, 1982 by Institute for Food and Development Policy

Second printing, revised: January 1982; Third printing, 1987

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Cover photo by Hartmann/Boyce. Designed by Barbara Garza


Formerly East Pakistan, Bangladesh was founded in 1971 following the Bengali revolt against Pakistan. Officially known as Gana Prajatantri Bangladesh (People's Republic of Bangladesh) and lying in the delta of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, Bangladesh is 55,126 square miles (142,776 square kilometers) in area, approximately the size of Wisconsin. Bangladesh is the fourth largest agricultural society in the world: 90 percent of its 83 million people are rural and 80 percent depend directly upon agriculture as a livelihood. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, "Bangladesh is possibly the richest country in the world as far as inland fishery resources are concerned."