The New Famines Why Famines Persist in an Era of Globalization
The recent occurrences of famine in Ethiopia and Southern Africa have propelled this key issue back into the public arena for the first time since 1984, as once again it becomes a priority - not only for lesser developed countries but also for the international community.
Exploring the paradox that is the persistence of famine in the contemporary world, this book looks at the way the nature of famine is changing in the face of globalization and shifting geo-political forces.
The book challenges perceived wisdom about the causes of famine and analyzes the worst cases of recent years – including close analysis of food scarcity in North Korea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Malawi and less well known cases in Madagascar, Iraq and Bosnia. With fresh conceptual frameworks and analytical tools, major theoretical constructs which have previously been applied to analyze famines (such as the 'democracy ends famine' argument, Sen’s 'entitlement approach' and the 'complex political emergency' framework) are confronted.
This volume assembles an international team of contributors, including Marcus Noland, Alex de Waal and Dan Maxwell; an impressive roster which helps make this book an important resource for those in the fields of development studies and political economics.
Introduction: The New Famines
Stephen Devereux and Paul Howe
Does Democracy End Famine?
Alex de Waal
Sen’s Entitlement Approach
The Sudan famine of 1998
Luka Biong Deng
Pre-Modern, Modern and Postmodern Famine in Iraq
Famine in North Korea
The Political Economy of an Urban Famine: Antananarivo 1985-1986
"New Variant Famines" in Africa
Alex de Waal
Analyzing Famine in an Era of Globalization
Why do Famines Persist in the Horn of Africa?
Sue Lautze & Dan Maxwell
The Malawi Famine of 2002
Why are there no longer "War Famines" in Contemporary Europe?
Is Democracy the Answer?
Can Agricultural Biotechnology be Pro-Poor
Famines as Mass Starvations
Intensity and Magnitude Scales for Famines
Paul Howe & Stephen Devereux