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Figure 5 Shifting of a high-risk, undernourished population toward increased starvation during prefamine and famine conditions, particularly those most vulnerable. Truncated left tail area reflects hypothetical effects of coping strategies that prevent starvation. Right skew reflects polarizing of wealth, with some sectors profiting from famine.

Figure 5 Shifting of a high-risk, undernourished population toward increased starvation during prefamine and famine conditions, particularly those most vulnerable. Truncated left tail area reflects hypothetical effects of coping strategies that prevent starvation. Right skew reflects polarizing of wealth, with some sectors profiting from famine.

panel). During severe distress of famine, entitlement has collapsed for the most vulnerable classes of society, pushing large numbers of persons into a state of starvation, leaving them destitute and migrating or dying (bottom panel). However, not all individuals starve. Some segments of society lose little or no economic ground, or benefit considerably from the plight of others by acquiring property and other assets at low prices, obtain labor at reduced wages or lend money at high interest rates. Still other segments, particularly those trading in famine relief goods and services, stand to gain large profits throughout the famine and recovery periods (depicted by the right skew). Postfamine, the economic landscape is nearly always one of greater polarization of wealth and an increase in size and vulnerability of society's poor and destitute. Peri-urban slums typically remain swollen following famine as a result of permanent migration.

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