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

from The Guardian
Published on 30 Jan 2012 View Original

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.

Read the post by Olivier De Schutter in the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog