Phillip’s article discusses the “semiotics of food in Tanzanian politics.” Food is available to Tanzanians through several processes. Phillips explains that “food of wealth” is associated with political reciprocity, while “food of the farm” is associated with reciprocity among group members. The resulting relationships are gendered; women control “food of the farm” and men control “food of wealth.” This power dynamic creates familial relationships that leave women largely responsible for the nutrition of their children. Singidans also receive food through the distribution of food aid by their government. The politics that dictate who receives this food aid is differentiated among economic groups where the poorest families often receive the majority of the aid. As a result, families that fall in the middle and are still plagued by hunger often go without aid.
Diarrheal disease, malnutrition, and dehydration are intrinsically related problems and coupled with a drought create a situation of vulnerability. The linked article discusses the relationship of international food prices to hunger. http://blog.bread.org/2008/04/index.html