A policy agenda for famine prevention in Africa

A policy agenda for famine prevention in Africa

Joachim von Braun
food policy report
1991

Research on which this report is based was initiated in 1986 in the aftermath of severe famines in several African countries in 1985.

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.