Great Decisions 2023 | Topic 6
What causes famine? How can it be prevented in the future?
Fears of global food shortages have followed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted grain shipments from the major grain producer. But what about countries and regions that were suffering before this impending shortage? How is famine defined, and how is it different from simple food shortages? What if any remedies are there? By Daniel Maxwell
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Global Famine News
An exploration of the history of the Holodomor.
Drawing on case studies from Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Mali, and Kenya (focusing on Turkana district) during the drought years of 1990–91, this book investigates why early warning signals were not translated into timely intervention. It examines, for the first time, the role of early warning information in decision-making processes, particularly within key donor agencies. The book concludes with practical policy recommendations, on who “owns”early warning information, how it is used, and looks at how to speed up the logistics of emergency relief.
Devereux argues that if famine is to be eradicated during the 21st century, it requires not only technical capacity in terms of food production and distribution, but also substantially more political will, at national and international levels, than has been seen to date.
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