IRIN Examines Factors Leading To, Exacerbating Food Insecurity, Famine In 4 African, Middle Eastern Nations
IRIN: We are not the world: Inside the ‘perfect storm’ of famine
“…A badly strained humanitarian system finds itself facing not one but four vast challenges. In all, more than 20 million people are at risk of starvation and famine across South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and northeastern Nigeria. Much has been learnt since [Ethiopia’s famine in] 1984: the value of building resilience before crises arrive, the role climate change plays, the imperative of early conflict prevention, the importance of cash aid, the need to prioritize water as well as food. Nonetheless, the goal posts for those struggling to reach the world’s most vulnerable and provide them with life-saving assistance have shifted. Why? The simple answer is conflict…” (3/30).