Differentiate between seasonal hunger and chronic hunger

Hunger is one of the most important aspects indicating food security. Hunger results in poverty and there are two dimensions of hunger, one is seasonal hunger and the other is chronic hunger.

  • The type of hunger that exists when a person is unable to get work for the entire year is called seasonal hunger. Seasonal hunger is related to cycles of food growing and harvesting. This is prevalent in rural areas because of the seasonal nature of agricultural activities and in urban areas because of casual labourers.
  • Chronic hunger is a consequence of diets persistently inadequate in terms of quantity and/or quality. Poor people suffer from chronic hunger because of their very low income and in turn inability to buy food even for survival.

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