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Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine

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CLM.4.02, Clement House, LSE

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Date: Thursday 25 January 2018
Time: 6:30- 8:00 pm
Venue: CLM.4.02, Clements House LSE
Speaker (s): Professor Alex de Waal, Clare Short

Chair: Mary Kaldor


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.

Hard-hitting and deeply informed, Mass Starvation explains why man-made famine and the political decisions that could end it for good must once again become a top priority for the international community.

Twitter hashtag for the event: #LSEfamine

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration required via Eventbrite. Contact the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at africacentre@lse.ac.uk if you have any queries. Please note that we will be overbooking this event, so please arrive early to guarantee a seat in the auditorium.

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