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famine

(făm′ĭn)
n.
1. A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
2. Severe hunger; starvation.
A catastrophic food shortage due to lack of food or difficulties in food distribution, affecting large numbers of people due to climatic, environmental, socio-economic reasons or extreme political conditions such as tyrannical government or warfare

famine

Pronounced scarcity of food in a broad geographical area, causing widespread starvation, disease, and/or death in a population.
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With the lack of media attention, the international community and aid agencies have no choice but to increase their efforts in combating Yemen's food crisis, whilst ensuring that they do not fall into the trap of viewing Yemen within the security spectrum.
Of the approved Bank-funded GFRP amount, 44 percent of funds have focused on agricultural supply response, 34 percent have been development policy loans that have supported government policies and institutional actions to address the food crisis, 20 percent of funds have focused on providing support for social protection programs and two percent have been allocated for project management, monitoring and evaluation, and communications support.
4 million people in the Sahel are vulnerable to the effects of the food crisis, from more than 713,000 in the Gambia to over 6.
In the wake of the food crisis donors wanted to focus largely on developing the capacity of small farmers and alleviating extreme poverty.
With fears growing of a food crisis in the Sahel in 2012, urgent assistance is now needed," said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
FAO Representative in Syria Abdullah Taher Bin Yahya said that according to the World Hunger Report 2011, prepared by the FAO, IFAD and the World Food Program, small import-dependent countries to meet their food needs are at risk due to high and volatile prices and the world food crisis.
Pyongyang watchers say Kim has not gained as much aid from China as is needed to get through the food crisis, adding that food aid will be at the top of the agenda when he meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
This is the worst food crisis of the 21st Century and we are seriously concerned that large numbers of lives could soon be lost," said Jane Cocking, Oxfam's Humanitarian Director.
Roughly 32% of the island's 108,000 residents live below the poverty line, and the 2007 food crisis shook the country.
We should search for the root-cause of this food crisis and insecurity of food supplies in the expansionist and unilateral policies of the big powers and also the economic paradigms and trade mechanisms that they have promoted," Rahimi said, addressing participants in the second meeting of the agriculture ministers of the Eight Developing Islamic Countries (D8) here in Tehran on Wednesday.
We are heading for a food crisis and private and public partnership is important to develop the domestic agriculture sector to face that challenge, "he said at the launch of the "Ag Biz East -2011" rural agriculture trade exhibition in Amapara from 27to 28 May.
Avoiding another food crisis hinges on crop yields in the next harvest season, as well as how economic growth impacts demand, Diouf said.