You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Dearth, Famine, and Risk: The Changing Impact of Crop Failures in Western India, 1870-1920
Michelle Burge McAlpin
The Journal of Economic History
Vol. 39, No. 1, The Tasks of Economic History (Mar., 1979), pp. 143-157
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2118916
Page Count: 15
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Famine, Food crops, Crop economics, Crops, Grains, Rain, Multiple cropping, Farm economics, Agricultural land, Mortality
Were these topics helpful?See something inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
This article asks: why were crop failures (dearths) so frequent in western India between 1870 and 1920, and why did dearth decreasingly result in famine, that is, in severe elevation of mortality and in major disruptions of the agricultural sector. It is concluded that deficient rainfall caused the crop failures and that after 1900 increased trade in agricultural products and increased demand for labor, coupled with increased credit and relief services from government, significantly reduced the probability that a crop failure could result in widespread famine.
The Journal of Economic History © 1979 Economic History Association