10 Facts About Famine


Famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including war, natural disasters, crop failure, population imbalance, widespread poverty, an economic catastrophe or government policies.

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Famine was first eliminated in Holland and England during the 17th century, due to the commercialization of agriculture and the implementation of improved techniques to increase crop yields.

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The Famine Code applied a strategy of generating employment for these sections of the population and relied on open-ended public works to do so.

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Famine recurred in the early 1970s, when Ethiopia and the west African Sahel suffered drought and famine.

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Famine's regime emptied the cities, abolished currency and private property, and forced Cambodia's population into slavery on communal farms.

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Famine struck North Korea in the mid-1990s, set off by unprecedented floods.

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Famine still occurred in Eastern Europe during the 20th century.

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Famine struck in Western Europe during the Second World War.

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Famine in Yemen is a direct result of the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen and the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United States.

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In July 2005, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network labelled Niger with emergency status, as well as Chad, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

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