GEOG 1000 - Lecture 5 - Sept. 26, 2011

GEOG 1000 - Lecture 5 - Sept. 26, 2011 - Famine: Not...

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Famine: Not Natural, But Political Africa is not a landscape of famine - In general Africans do have nutritional prosperity - People grow their own food - Africa has a relatively low population density - Parts of Africa have experienced famine - Not natural but are very political Causes of Famine - Popular explanations: drought, over-population? (Malthusian argument: food remains at stable level, population growth increases while food levels stay the same causing them to run out of food) (very problematic, factually wrong, morally problematic: enables people to think that famine is natural, inaccurate: since 1990 food production has gone up) - Lack of access to food: - Conflict and misrule war can disrupt the transportation of food, food will be taken from civilians to feed armies - Land distribution everyone else doesn’t have enough land which stands in the way of access to food - Poverty/Lack of Economic Safety Net The West Sahelian Famine (1968-1974) - Fluctuations in rainfall - Sahel is South of the Sahara
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GEOG 1000 - Lecture 5 - Sept. 26, 2011 - Famine: Not...

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