A policy agenda for famine prevention in Africa

Joachim von Braun
food policy statement

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Research at IFPRI conducted during the past four years using household surveys in two of the most famine-prone countries of today--Sudan and Ethiopia--concludes that learning from famine prevention and mitigation efforts in Africa is at least as important as learning from outside experience. Subsistence-oriented agriculture (which is regressing rather than progressing), constraints in transport infrastructure, poor economic policy, and weak popular participation in governance, especially at the local level--and not simply war and drought--are the main reasons for the special situation in Africa that makes famine prevention a continuing challenge.