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Drought and Hunger in Africa - Michael H. Glantz

Drought and Hunger in Africa

Paperback Published: 28th November 1988
ISBN: 9780521368391
Number Of Pages: 480

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This timely volume presents a synthesis of the ideas that emerged from a multidisciplinary colloquium held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in August 1985. The aim was to assess the impact of drought as a major factor in the agrarian crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Leading authorities engage in discussion of the African environment, the socio-political factors that generate famine, case studies of the effects of famine on these social structures, and finally possible lessons to be learnt on dealing with famine worldwide, thus developing an up-to-date and cohesive study of the problems of African development. Despite the current popular interest in the African famine problem, Drought and Hunger in Africa is the first major collection of the results that have emerged from the recent profusion of research relating to the subject. As such, this book has relevance, not only in Africa, but also to scientists, social-scientists and policy makers in the West, and to other areas of the third world which are facing the problems of drought and famine.

Foreword Bradford Morse
Physical and Social Setting
Global climate change and variability: effects on drought and desertification in Africa
some aspects of meteorological drought in Ethiopia
Drought and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa
African pastoralism and poverty: some implications for drought and famine
Internal-External Perspectives
The decline of African agriculture: an internalist perspective
Internal factors that generate famine
Towards a political economy of the African crisis: diplomacy, debates and dialectics
Linking and sinking: economic externalities and the persistence of destitution and famine in Africa
Case Studies
Drought, environment and food security: some reflections on peasants, pastoralists and commoditization in dryland West Africa
Drought, food and the social organization of small farmers in Zimbabwe
The social impact of drought in Ethiopia: oxen, households, and some implications for rehabilitation
role of government in combatting food shortages: lessons from Kenya 1984-85
The social impacts of planned settlement in Burkina Faso
Evolution of food rationing systems with reference to African group farms in the context of drought
The role of non-government organizations in famine prevention
Lessons for the Future
food self-sufficiency in Malawi: are successes transferable?
Famine relief policy in India: six lessons for Africa
Famine and famine relief: viewing Africa in the 1980s from China in the 1920s
Denying famine a future: concluding remarks
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ISBN: 9780521368391
ISBN-10: 0521368391
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 28th November 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.76