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    'Nothing less than its eradication'? Ireland's hunger task force and the production of hunger

    Fraser, Alistair (2011) 'Nothing less than its eradication'? Ireland's hunger task force and the production of hunger. Human Geography, 4 (3). pp. 48-60.

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    A wide range of actors have intervened in the debate about the causes of hunger and what can be done to eradicate it. One example is a 2008 report by the Hunger Task Force, a group of development experts mandated by the Irish government to explain the root causes of hunger and identify ways for Ireland to play a leading role in eradicating it. In this paper, I present a critical review of what the HTF report says about the causes of hunger. I argue the report fails to live up to its aim of commemorating those who died in the Irish Famine in the 1840s because it refuses to consider the role of the corporate food regime in the production of hunger. Further, I position the report’s flaws relative to Ireland by asking how the report balances Ireland’s drive to eradicate hunger against its political and economic interests. I pay particular attention to Ireland’s diplomatic proximity to the United States and to the emerging corporate foodscape within Ireland; both considerations shed light on Ireland’s place within the structures and mechanisms that produce hunger in the contemporary period.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Ireland's hunger task force; production of hunger;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 3540
    Depositing User: Alistair Fraser
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2012 12:13
    Journal or Publication Title: Human Geography
    Publisher: Institute for Human Geography Inc.
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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