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Confronting Crisis: Transforming lives through improved resilience

Concern Worldwide’s learning from the Sahel and the Horn of Africa September 2013

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This paper suggests that building community resilience to food and nutrition crises is key to promoting a sustainable development agenda in drought prone regions. It argues that, in order to reverse trends of chronic poverty and malnutrition, radical change is needed in domestic and donor policy. This includes fully integrating disaster preparedness, risk reduction and resilience strategies within development policies.

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In the wake of the East Africa crisis, will help arrive in time for the Sahel?

Paul O’Brien, Overseas Director, Concern Worldwide

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Famine isn't an extreme event, it's the predictable result of a broken system

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Guardian

From the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, we must learn to be honest about the nature of a fundamentally flawed global food system

Drought and famine are not extreme events. They are not anomalies. They are merely the sharp end of a global food system that is built on inequality, imbalances and – ultimately – fragility. And they are the regular upshot of a climate that is increasingly hostile and problematic for food production across huge swathes of the developing world.