Daniël van Vuuren en Meike Reusken

Science podcast about livelihood security

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Globally, the gap between rich and poor continues to grow steadily, a phenomenon that has not gone unnoticed in the Netherlands, one of the world's wealthiest countries. Poverty is prevalent, leaving many people forced to resort to food banks. The paradox of prosperity and distressing shortages raises questions about the causes and possible solutions to hunger, poverty and inequality.

We talk about it with professor of social welfare and economics Daniël van Vuuren and Meike Reusken, who researches food banks and works at the Zero Hunger Lab. Philosopher and economist Huub Brouwer formulates a possible way out by limiting wealth.

This podcast is only available in Dutch.

Our scientists

  • Daniël van vuuren

    Daniël van Vuuren

    Professor social security and economy

    "People living in poverty are often under a lot of stress, which causes them to make wrong decisions. Only offering financial help is often not enough."

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  • Meike Reusken

    Meike Reusken

    PhD Candidate

    "In recent years, the Zero Hunger Lab has been able to implement modern techniques at food banks and others. These have allowed food and other provisions to be used much more efficiently."

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Date of publication: 17 November 2023