War and Famine in Africa
de Waal, Alex
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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, particularly during sieges and for counterinsurgency purposes – strategies such as population relocation and restrictions on movement and trade are tantamount to creating famine in many African countries; (3) in countries such as Somalia, state structures and warlords sustain themselves by predating on the poor, creating famine.
Citationde Waal, A. (1993) War and Famine in Africa, IDS Bulletin 24.4, Brighton: IDS
Is part of seriesIDS Bulletin;49.1A
Rights holderInstitute of Development Studies
- Volume 49. Issue 1A