HIV/AIDS and Agrarian Livelihoods in Zambia: A Test of the New Variant Famine Hypothesis
AbstractSince the southern African food crisis of 2001/02, the ‘new-variant famine’ (NVF) hypothesis first proposed by de Waal and Whiteside (2003) has become an important part of the conventional wisdom surrounding the relationship between HIV/AIDS and food crises in the region. The NVF hypothesis suggests that HIV/AIDS is eroding agrarian livelihoods and exacerbating the effects of drought and other shocks on agrarian communities. These concepts have begun to shape the HIV/AIDS mitigation and food security policies and programs of governments and development agencies. To date, however, there is a dearth of empirical evidence to support the NVF hypothesis, and there have been no studies specifically designed to tests its predictions.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Food Security Collaborative Working Papers with number 54489.
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food security; policy; Zambia; Africa; HIV/AIDS; Crop Production/Industries; Health Economics and Policy; Q18;
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- Mason, Nicole M. & Chapoto, Antony & Jayne, Thomas S. & Myers, Robert J., 2007. "HIV/AIDS and Agrarian Livelihoods in Zambia: a Test of the New Variant Famine Hypothesis," Food Security Collaborative Policy Briefs 54629, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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