Famines, Malnutrition, and Food Aid

Global Food Politics

A report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization issued earlier this week concluded than some 258,000 people died a result of the Somali famine between 2010 and 2012. Half of those killed were children under the age of five. This would make the 2010-12 Somali famines one of the worst famines of the post-World War II era.

The report notes that the Somali famine represented a complex emergency, resulting from a combination of natural, political, and social factors. In the case of Somalia, the impact of a severe drought was intensified by the collapse of the Somali government and the ongoing conflict between rival militias fighting for control of the country.

The report also notes that the famine was intensified as a result of the slow reaction of the international community. In an interview with the BBC, Rudi Van Aaken, the deputy head of the FAO operation for…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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