The BBC hit the nail on the head today. The article discusses how African countries become mired in situations that require food aid, and that drought is often not a primary cause. While I highly recommend reading the entire article, for you lazies here is the four main causes of famine:
“- Decades of underinvestment in rural areas, which have little political clout.
– Wars and political conflict, leading to refugees and instability.
– HIV/Aids depriving families of their most productive labour.
– Unchecked population growth.”
I couldn’t find much commentary in the blogosphere about this article, but Skeptacles made an excellent point about how the BBC downplays the voices that point to agricultural policies of the global north that perpetuate African poverty. The article is excellent through and through, so check it out.
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