Eicher, Carl K.
September 1982
Foreign Affairs;Fall1982, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p151
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the to solve the food and hunger crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa caused by a gap between food production and hunger. The most intractable food problem facing the world in the 1980s is the food and hunger crisis in sub-Saharan Africa the poorest part of the world. Although the crisis follows by less than a decade the prolonged drought of the early 1970s in the Sahelian states of West Africa, the current dilemma is not caused by weather. Nor is the chief problem imminent famine, mass starvation, or the feeding and resettling of refugees. Improved international disaster assistance programs can avert mass starvation and famine and assist with refugee resettlement. After more than two decades of rising commercial food imports and food aid, the region is now experiencing a deep economic malaise, with growing balance of payment deficits and external public debts. The world economic recession has imposed a severe constraint on Africa's export-oriented economies. Prospects for meeting Africa's food production deficit through expanded commercial food imports thus appear dismal.


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