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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.
There is potential for a situation to develop like we had back in 2007/08," the Food and Agriculture Organization's senior economist and grain analyst Abdolreza Abbassian told Reuters, referring to the food crisis that sparked social unrest in several countries.
The looming food crisis in Africa's Sahel region, endangering more than 18 million people across Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Niger, Gambia, Burkina Faso, northern Nigeria and Chad, is the focus of Ali F Mostafa.
During the recent food crisis aid for the short-term solutions of providing food transfers and cash safety-nets probably exceeded longer term investment in agricultural production.
The new report from the Food Crisis Prevention Network comes as G8 leaders meet to discuss long-term solutions to recurrent hunger crises in Africa.
Making connections between water issues, corporate influence/ privatization and the militarization of our economy, the San Jose Branch plans to develop a study guide and DVD for members and interested parties to study and take action on issues pertaining to the Global Food Crisis.
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.
By Ngor Arol Garang October 6, 2011 (JUBA) - South Sudan said Wednesday that the ongoing food crisis in the newly independent country could develop into a famine if no immediate remedies are taken.
Kim desperately needs economic aid, with his country gripped by a chronic food crisis, which has been aggravated by recent floods.
The call comes in response to a massive food crisis facing more than 12 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.
Summary: Thousands of people are fleeing Somalia in an effort to escape a worsening food crisis and conflict in the Horn of Africa.