"The entitlement approach views famines as economic disasters, not just as food crises. The entitlement approach concentrates instead on the ability of different sections of the population to establish command over food, using the entitlement relations operating in that society depending on its legal, economic, political and social characteristics . Second, it is of interest that famines can arise in over-all boom conditions (as in Bengal in 1943) as well as in slump conditions (as in Ethiopia in 1974).
It is the poor (both in the North and in the South) who are the victims.
The poor are deprived of their resources while the rich monopolize them for their luxury needs.