Famine and food security in Ethiopia

lessons for Africa

Patrick Webb, Joachim von Braun

The prevalent and generally accepted image of famine in Ethiopia has been one of hopeless inevitability with food shortage and starvation being an unavoidable consequence of environmental hardship combined with economic and political mismanagement and social chaos. This book challenges this received view by using the authors' intimate and extensive research in the region to show that famine is not, and was not, inevitable in Ethiopia.