Monthly Archives: October 2012

Challenging the fundamentals of famine analysis- extending de Waal’s study

In 1989 Alexander de Waal published Famine that Kills, a revolutionary peasant-focused thesis that introduced two interesting concepts.  First, he argues that famine victims often forgo eating to increase the chance of maintaining their livelihood after the food shortage ends, … Continue reading

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Why did northern Ethiopian peasants starve in the 1973-1974 famine?

According to a 1974 UN FAO report 300,000 people, predominantly the northern rural poor, died during the 1973-1974 Ethiopian famine.  There are a plethora of factors that created this famine from the imperial feudal system to the cumbersome reaction by … Continue reading

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