Famine in a Time of Declining Global Hunger
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ACES Library, Monsanto Room
Famines killed 70 million people during the 20th century, but with declining frequency and dramatically lowered scope, famines seemed to be a thing of the past. Both the prevalence of food insecurity and the absolute numbers of people suffering chronic hunger have dropped slowly but steadily since the end of the early 1990s. Severe but limited crises in South Sudan and Eastern Ethiopia at the turn of the century seemed to spell the end of famines. Then in 2011, famine killed over a quarter of a million people in Somalia, and is 2016-17, there are four (some would say five) countries on a famine watch-list, and it appears that famines did occur in limited areas in at least two of these countries (Nigeria and South Sudan). Are these coincidental, one-off events, or is famine a resurgent phenomenon in the 21st Century? This presentation will give a brief overview of Somalia in 2011, and the current famine-watch crises to draw out common themes, reflect on what has changed and what has been learned about contemporary famines, and what is unique about famine prevention and response.
Sponsors: Division of Nutritional Sciences
Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
This event will feature a screening of the 2012 film "Aftermath," followed by a thoughtful discussion on the topic of the film. Pizza will be provided by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. All are welcome to attend. All films in this series will have English subtitles.
Sponsors: European Union Center, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
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