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Title:Hunger in Sudan: The Case of Darfur
Author:Bush, Ray
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Sudan
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722807
Abstract:This article assesses the impact which development in Sudan may have had upon food insecurity in Darfur and examines what chances there may be of redressing the historical neglect of Darfur. It looks in detail at the way in which the 1985 drought affected two villages within Mellit Area Council - El Saiyah and Malha - and the local mechanisms of survival which peasants and pastoralists have developed to cope with starvation. In particular it shows that peasants and pastoralists have come to depend more on the access to cash and wage labour than they have upon the sale of livestock and farming. Moreover, while many villagers in Darfur appear to have survived famine despite, rather than because, of government intervention, the State in Sudan remains culpable in the threat to life and livelihood that a series of dry or lean years brings to peasants and pastoralists in this part of the country. Notes, ref.