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Title:The new famines: why famines persist in an era of globalization
Author:Devereux, StephenISNI
Series:Routledge studies in development economics
City of publisher:London
ISBN:0415363470; 9780415363471; 0203014421; 9780203014424
Geographic terms:Africa
Abstract:This book explores the paradox of the persistence of famine in an era of global food surpluses, high-technology early warning systems and a sophisticated international humanitarian relief system. Contrary to popular perception that famines have receded into history, recent food crises in East, southern and West Africa have propelled famine back into public consciousness. The book provides comprehensive analyses of half a dozen major famines that have occurred since the mid-1980s, in Africa (Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Sudan), and Asia (Iraq, North Korea), as well as one averted famine in Europe (Bosnia). The case studies identify several contributory causes of the 'new famines' that were not factors in famines of the past. These include HIV/AIDS, flawed processes of political liberalization and economic reform, problematic government-donor relations, and international sanctions. The book presents new conceptual frameworks and analytical tools for understanding contemporary famines. The chapters on Africa are by Alex de Waal (AIDS, hunger and destitution in Africa), Stephen Devereux and Zoltan Tiba (Malawi's first famine, 2001-2002), Michel Garenne (an atypical urban famine in Antananarivo, Madagascar, 1985-1986), Sue Lautze and Daniel Maxwell (the 1999-2000 and the 2002-2003 famines in Ethiopia), Luka Biong Deng (conflict and famine in Sudan during the 1990s), and Ian Scoones (can GM crops prevent famine in Africa?). [ASC Leiden abstract]