In the article Hunger, Healing, and Citizenship in Central Tanzania, Kristin D. Philips describes now central Tanzanian villagers’ accessed food aid from the state during the East African food crisis of 2006. Though this seems like an act of the villagers claiming their rights, it is through these exchanges that the state was able to convert food aid into political power. Philips argues that this ritualized “gift of food aid naturalizes a contemporary political and economic order.” Food purchased as well as food donated is funneled through local patrons and the state, giving them a sense of political power and the receivers of aid a sense of servitude.
The BBC news article, Can food Aid do more harm than Good, addresses the issue of food aid for different reasons, criticizing the motives of the international donors and gives 3 recommendations to halt the negative effects of food aide: providing compensation to local farmers, making sure aid stops when things improve, and giving hungry families cash rather than food.
When we think about the concept of intersectionality, we can see how this topic relates to depression, or mental health in general. The effects of hunger and the political structures that effect well-being, we can see how these things can bring about deterioration of mental health as well.