Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Global Hunger: Calamitous Famine Eradicated in Last 50 Years

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Global Hunger: Calamitous Famine Eradicated in Last 50 Years

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LAGOS, Nigeria * Those horrendous images of sticklike victims of famine may disappear from your screen.

Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terrorism legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, says a new report published Monday.

The study, part of the 2015 Global Hunger Index, says it's one of the "unheralded achievements" of the past 50 years: the elimination of calamitous famines that cause more than 1 million deaths, and reduction "almost to a vanishing point" of great famines, which cause more than 100,000 deaths.

"The trends are striking," said author Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University. Until the middle of the 20th century, millions died of famine every decade from 27 million in 1900-1909 and more than 15 million in the 1920s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s to a low of 1.4 million in the 1990s. …

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