Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Effect of famine on child survival in Matlab, Bangladesh

Famine is defined as widespread food shortage leading to a significant rise in regional mortality (Blix, 1971). Historically, major causes of famine have been natural calamities. However, in modern times, when a natural disaster causes insufficient production of food, political and social factors play an important role in determining whether famine becomes widespread and who is affected (Alamgir, 1980; Langsten, 1985; Sen, 1980).


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