Recent Submissions

  • Understanding And Preventing Famine and Famine Mortality 

    Swift, Jeremy (Institute of Development Studies, 01/10/1993)
  • Demographic Responses To Famines In South Asia 

    Dyson, Tim (Institute of Development Studies, 01/10/1993)
    Summary This article examines demographic responses to major famines in the Indian subcontinent, including the Bengal famine of 1943–44, the Bangladesh famine of 1974–75 and food crises in Bihar and Maharashtra. It argues ...
  • War and Famine in Africa 

    Waal, Alex de (Institute of Development Studies, 01/10/1993)
    Summary War is the major cause of famine in Africa. Wars cause famine in three major ways: (1) the direct destruction of battle, and the consumption of resources, including food, by armies; (2) famine is a weapon of war, ...
  • Famine Mortality in Africa 

    Seaman, John (Institute of Development Studies, 01/10/1993)
    Summary The evidence of African famine mortality is briefly reviewed in terms of: (1) the probable biological effects of given conditions of food shortage, displacement, exposure to disease and other risks; (2) the observed ...
  • Goats Before Ploughs: Dilemmas of Household Response Sequencing During Food Shortages 

    Devereux, Stephen (Institute of Development Studies, 01/10/1993)
    Summary This article draws on the ‘entitlement’ and ‘coping strategies’ literature to argue that consumption smoothing is not the only priority of poor households facing food production shocks or income declines. In ...
  • Food Insecurity in Mali: Exploring the Role of the Moral Economy 

    Adams, Alayne (Institute of Development Studies, 01/10/1993)
    Summary This article challenges the view that the ‘moral economy’ has little relevance to the problems of food insecurity and famine in the contemporary context. Fieldwork in central Mali reveals an array of social practices ...
  • Are Coping Strategies a Cop Out? 

    Davies, Susanna (Institute of Development Studies, 01/10/1993)
    Summary Few would dispute the legitimacy of putting indigenous coping strategies firmly on the food security and famine mitigation agenda. Yet the idea of coping strategies needs to be regarded with caution, especially ...
  • Famine as the Outcome of Political Production and Market Failures 

    Braun, Joachim von; Teklu, Tesfaye; Webb, Patrick (Institute of Development Studies, 01/10/1993)
    Summary Famines are not explainable as short?term crisis events; they are more a function of long?term trends resulting from a failure of policy to deal appropriately with demographic, environmental, productivity, and ...