Event: The End of Famine?
The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action
Date: 25th October, 2018
Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre
Join us for an evening discussion with the author of ‘Mass Starvation’, Alex de Waal, hosted by Professor Peter Piot (Director of LSHTM and Professor of Global Health), followed by a book signing.
**This event was originally scheduled for March 2018, but was rescheduled due to aberrant weather conditions**
The world almost conquered famine. Until the 1980s, this scourge killed ten million people every decade, but by early 2000s mass starvation had all but disappeared. Today, famines are resurgent, driven by war, blockade, hostility to humanitarian principles and a volatile global economy. In Mass Starvation, world-renowned expert on humanitarian crisis and response Alex de Waal provides an authoritative history of modern famines: their causes, dimensions and why they ended. He analyses starvation as a crime, and breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Refuting the enduring but erroneous view that attributes famine to overpopulation and natural disaster, he shows how political decision or political failing is an essential element in every famine, while the spread of democracy and human rights, and the ending of wars, were major factors in the near-ending of this devastating phenomenon.
Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building.
The event is free but registration is required.Back