Rural Poverty in Cambodia: Life after the Khmer Rouge
Poverty in Cambodia hasn’t always been that bad. In fact, in the 1950s the country was one of the most advanced economies in Southeast Asia. But today, the country counts among the poorest in the world by many economic and social indicators.
Poverty and Famine in Somalia: The Root Causes
Famine in Somalia, just like poverty, is mostly man-made and thrives in times of conflict and unrest. What the past few hundred years have taught us is that without stability and peace there is a pretty dim prospect for any kind of development: economic, human or social. What is typical of the crisis, like the other Least Developed Countries (LDCs), is the extreme poverty its population lives in that worsens the situation.
Famine in North Korea: The Impact of Poor Decisions
Famine in North Korea started in the 1990s along with a deep and stark economic crisis. The famine lasted nearly a whole decade and since then the country has been suffering regular food shortages. To be precise, in recent years the economy has been picking up a little bit (at least in the capital Pyongyang), but in most rural areas people continue to suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition. Making it to the capital is making it to the safest place (food-wise) in the country.
Famine in Ethiopia: Of Wars, Droughts and Flawed Aid
After 25 years, famine in Ethiopia was looming again as early as 2000, leaving 6 million people at risk of starvation. As the situation got worse, only 2 years after the number climbed up to 14 million. When pledges of donations took 3 months to come, threatening thousands to die, the country was lucky (unlike others) to have its own food reserves while waiting for food aid.
Famine in Africa: The Failure of the World System
If famine in Africa was quite common at the beginning of the 20th century, it disappeared for decades until its coming back in the 70s. It’s only in the 1990s that the proper humanitarian aid framework was useful enough to prevent millions of deaths. Yet, foreign aid remains deeply flawed even while it proves vital in any food crisis.
Chronic Food Crisis: Can We Feed Everyone on Earth?
The issue of global food crisis started in the 2000s and is bound to plague millions more as long as the causes of the problem aren’t tackled.Considering the estimations of the world population growth, experts think that we’ll need to produce twice more food in 2050 than we were at the beginning of the century.