IHSA

The politics of solidarity during famine
Organiser(s): Abraham Diing Akoi, Naomi Pendle

Excerpt:
Despite claims that famine is ending, the last decade has continued to see headline-grabbing, deadly famines. Plus, famine declarations do not tell the full story; 28 million people live on the brink of famine, and are experiencing acute, often chronic, hunger and the real possibility of hunger-related mortality. Hundreds of thousands have died and famine continues. Humanitarians have responded and have kept many people from the most acute food insecurity. Yet, even in contexts where humanitarians are active and have access, most people in times of acute hunger still gain the majority of their calories from other, non-humanitarian sources. The small ethnographic literature on survival during times of famine has repeatedly highlighted the centrality of structures of solidarity in helpi ..
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