The idea of ‘subsistence affluence’ was developed in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by an ANU academic in the 1970s to elucidate a situation in which people ate what they grew, and grew enough not to be hungry. That idea has persisted. There is a widespread view that, while there are problems with diet quality, people do not go hungry. In this paper, we challenge that thinking, drawing on several sources, including recent household surveys, and both quantitative and qualitative data.
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