Causes of Famine in Africa

Published on 26th September 2011

While the global capacity to produce food has increased; structural weakness and warped policies have denied Africans the opportunity to be food secure. Africa features prominently in the Food Security Risk Index whose famines are induced by man-made factors (maplecroft.com; accessed September 1, 2011). Wealthy nations’ policies facilitate overproduction of food and sustain a food aid infrastructure geared towards securing markets (The determinants of food aid provisions to Africa and the developing word: accessed September 1, 2011).

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