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28 Sep 2012 description
report The Guardian

Above-average rainfall and falling food prices do not signal an end to food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region

The Niger government took the brave decision last year to sound the alarm early on hunger – the rainy season, from July to September, had been well below average and a drop in food production looked likely.

06 Aug 2012 description
report The Guardian

David Dickie set up Advance Aid when he questioned the sense in flying supplies for people affected by Africa's humanitarian crises from China, say, when they could be made on home soil

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21 Jun 2012 description
report The Guardian

The politics of aid can delay early intervention, despite last year's famine in Somalia showing early aid can achieve more

By Mark Tran

A recent briefing paper by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) succinctly sums up the frustration of humanitarian groups as they grapple with the food crisis in the Sahel, where 18 million people are at risk from hunger.

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09 May 2012 description
report The Guardian

Pictures of starving children give donors an instant justification to release aid. Predictions of starvation, however accurate, do not

After the hunger crisis that engulfed east Africa last summer, there was plenty for the world to think about. After all, we'd been warned it was coming – the first alerts of a potential crisis came the previous year. But not enough was done to avert it, and we now know that failure cost tens of thousands of lives and millions of dollars in aid money.

30 Jan 2012 description
report The 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.