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The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action

Thursday 1 March 2018

Join us for an evening discussion with the author of Mass Starvation, Alex de Waal and Professor Peter Piot (Chair of UKCDS SCOR Board, Director of LSHTM and Professor of Global Health).

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.