Why the World's Poorest Starve in An Age of Plenty

Book - 2009
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For more than thirty years, humankind has known how to grow enough food to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet while the "Green Revolution" succeeded in South America and Asia, it never got to Africa. More than 9 million people die of hunger, malnutrition, and related diseases every year--most of them in Africa and most of them children. More die of hunger in Africa than from AIDS and malaria combined. Now, an impending global food crisis threatens to make things worse. In the west we think of famine as a natural disaster, brought about by drought, or as the legacy of brutal dictators. But in this powerful investigative narrative, Thurow & Kilman show exactly how, in the past few decades, American, British, and European policies conspired to keep Africa hungry and unable to feed itself.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586485115
Branch Call Number: 363.8 THUROW
Characteristics: xix, 302 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm


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Jan 29, 2013

This book is very hard to read. It hits you right in the fridge. If you are a conventional farmer I don't know how you can read it and not change how you work. It starts with a lovely explanation of how the modern farming industrial giant started - something that had never been explained to me before. It helped to make a lot of other things I was reading make more sense. I had to stop several times because the awfulness of the data overwhelmed me, but I managed to push on to the happier bits at the end. It is very eye opening and I would recommend this to everyone.


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