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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:A not-so natural disaster: Niger 2005
Editors:Crombé, XavierISNI
Jézéquel, Jean-Hervé
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Hurst & Co in assoc. with Fondations Médecins Sans Frontières
Geographic term:Niger
Subjects:food shortage
humanitarian assistance
food security
Abstract:When in July 2005 international media had started to report on the ongoing famine in Niger, there appeared at first to be little doubt that the disaster had natural causes - drought and locust infestation. It became the aim of Médecins Sans Frontières, a key player in the crisis, to see it acknowledged that the deaths of tens of thousands of children as a result of malnutrition would not be considered a 'natural' phenomenon, still less a normal one. The purpose of this book is to account for some of the changes and dynamics that shaped the context of the events of 2005 in Niger, and to examine the preconceptions and logic that influenced how various actors, both national and international, played their part in the crisis and its response. Contributions by Jean-Hervé Bradol, André Briend, Barbara M. Cooper, Xavier Crombé, Isabelle Defourny, Marthe Diarra, Mamoudou Gazibo, Kent Glenzer, Jean-Hervé Jézéquel, Marie Monimart, Benedetta Rossi. [ASC Leiden abstract]