The politics of scarcity : conceptualising the current food security crisis in southern Africa : commentary
Journal Title: South African Journal of Science
Volume: Volume 98
Issue 7 & 8
Publication Date: 2002
In June 2002, the United Nations
World Food Programme (WFP) and the
Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) announced that 12.8 million people
in southern Africa were on the brink of
starvation in what could be the region's
worst food crisis for more than a decade.
<br>Typical of the 'complex emergency'
famines of the twentieth century, the
current one is rooted in structural vulnerabilities
(lack of access to resources and
inequitable political and economic conditions)
and conjunctural factors ('triggers'
that precipitate the famine, such as
drought, flooding, or pestilence). Famines
are no longer globally analysed
merely in terms of lack of food, but are
seen rather as the product of a complex set
of interrelationships between society,
economic development and the environment.
This article briefly highlights some
of the issues.
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