From Futures Markets to the Farm Gate

By Sophie Van Hullen|March 14, 2017|Reviews|0 comments

A synopsis of a recent article by Dr Hannah Bargawi (SOAS University of London) and Dr Susan Newman (UWE Bristol): From Futures Markets to the Farm Gate: A Study of Price Formation along Tanzania’s Coffee Commodity Chain. Within the social sciences broadly, and within commodities-related research in particular, research has increasingly focused on prices – analysing and evaluating the formation of prices, the transmission of prices, and the impact of prices and price changes

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Book Review: A History of Public Health

By Sophie Van Hullen|January 22, 2017|Reviews|0 comments

A book review by Matteo Pinna Pintor of ‘A History of Public Health‘ by George Rosen. Ebola and Zika outbreaks in the tropics make the reissue of this classic of medical history a timely event. Written in the late 1950s by a pioneer of American health education, the volume is a retrospective tour de force which tracks the evolution of public health from classical antiquity to the welfare state, focusing largely on

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Book Review: Farewell to the God of Plague

By Sophie Van Hullen|January 22, 2017|Reviews|1 comments

A book review by Matteo Pinna Pintor on ‘Farewell to the God of Plague: Chairman Mao’s Campaign to Deworm China‘ by Miriam Gross. This book’s title refers to a poem written by Mao Zedong in 1958. The God of Plague is schistosomiasis, a tropical disease which, in 2013, affected almost 300 million people around the world. Schistosome worms alternate parasitism of humans and freshwater snails, with aquatic larval stages in-between. Untreated heavy infections cause

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Sustainable Diets: a development challenge?

By Sophie Van Hullen|January 13, 2017|Talks and Seminars|0 comments

The term “Sustainable Diets” (SD) entered the public health lexicon in 1987, but its translation into reality is proving slow. In its most pared-down formulation, SD means good nutrition with low carbon emissions. In more complex forms, it means eating within environmental limits while eating well for health and in a manner appropriate to economic, social and cultural circumstances. Whichever version of SD is adopted, policy-makers have been surprisingly reluctant

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Food: From Bread Riots to Obesity

By Sophie Van Hullen|January 13, 2017|Talks and Seminars|0 comments

Jane Harrigan, Professor of Economics at SOAS University of London and author of ‘The Political Economy of Arab Food Sovereignty‘, William Sitwell, author of ‘Eggs or Anarchy‘, and Bee Wilson, author of ‘First Bite‘ discussed: ‘Food – From Bread Riots to Obesity‘ on BBC4, 27 June 2016. Presenter Andrew Marr guides his listeners through the many links between food and politics through history; from World War II to the Arab Spring. The programme

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Inequality and Complexity in Access to Food

By Sophie Van Hullen|January 13, 2017|Conferences|0 comments

FNHD at the DSA Annual Conferences 2016 On Wednesday 14th September 2016 during the Development Studies Association conference held at the University of Oxford, Dr. Deborah Johnston (SOAS, University of London), in collaboration with Nazia Mintz-Habib (University of Cambridge) and Sam Mardell (London International Development Centre) organised a panel on “Inequality and complexity in access to food“. The variety of ways that food can be acquired have been studied by

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