Starvation in the Sahel: Food Security in Africa
Food security, defined by the World Food Summit of'1996 as "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life," is one of the most important issues ol the twenty-first century. Approximately two billion people are intermittently food insecure due to poverty, and 850 million are chronically hungry. The Sahel region of Africa is particularly food insecure for a variety of geographic, demographic, and economic reasons that have resulted in food shortages and famines affecting millions of people and contributed to conflicts in Sudan and Somalia. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Horn of Africa, the Sahel bridges the gap between the Sahara desert and the southern savanna. Approximately 50 million people live in the Sahel region, which includes parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Fa so, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. The …
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Publication information: Article title: Starvation in the Sahel: Food Security in Africa. Contributors: Not available. Journal title: Harvard International Review. Volume: 34. Issue: 1 Publication date: Summer 2012. Page number: 6+. © 1999 Harvard International Relations Council, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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