Nobel winning economist, Amartya Sen has said:
"No famine has ever taken place in the history of the world in a functioning democracy," he wrote in "Democracy as Freedom" (Anchor, 1999)
Source: Does Democracy Avert Famine?
My question: Is there any documented evidence for this statement? A study proving that no functioning democracy has ever faced a famine would be an ideal proof.
Definition of famine:
While there are various definitions of famine, many experts say that there must be evidence of three specific outcomes before a famine can be declared:
- At least 20 percent of households face extreme food shortages with limited ability to cope.
- The prevalence of global acute malnutrition must exceed 30 percent.
- Death rates must exceed 2 deaths per 10,000 people per day.