I know this has been asked in other forms, but I don't see the political side of this addressed. There are so many assumptions necessary to ask the question, it's hard to put in a few words.

Is is possible to end chronic by changing how food aid is delivered so it won't have a negative on farming in areas affected by hunger? Should we instead be encouraging the building of farming infrastructure and improving the treatment of subsistence farmers?

These ideas are expressed in the book "Enough, Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty" by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman. I have lots of other background, but it appears I'm just supposed to ask the question first, not write an essay.

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    I'm not sure that a "scientific skepticism" site is the right place for your question. This site focuses on claims that could be scientifically tested with empirical evidence. This question seems to be more speculative and, as you say, political in nature. – Nate Eldredge May 10 '15 at 17:55
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    If we can't use science to inform a political decision, then we're in big trouble. There was a study showing how Africa countries that were occupied, and had infrastructure built by Europeans are now doing much better than those that were simply exploited for their resources and left on their own. The science of economics tells us what happens when a cheap commodity (food aid) is dropped into a fragile economy. Population growth studies through history show the impact of developing a middle class. Sending food to cure hunger is "unreferenced notable claim" that played out on world scale. – Lausten North May 10 '15 at 20:21
  • We can use science to inform a political decision, but this isn't the place to do it (and certainly not a place for political essays). – Oddthinking May 10 '15 at 23:16
  • You say "These ideas are expressed in the book..." but you only list rhetorical questions. If you listed some of the conclusions or recommendations from the book, then it would be easier to respond to. – user3169 May 11 '15 at 3:59
  • I don't think I'll try to defend the question if is on hold user3169. I'll try breaking it into smaller pieces. – Lausten North May 12 '15 at 1:34

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