In Depth: Assessing a famine: the food crisis in the Horn of Africa

Published on 18 July 2011

What is a famine? The United Nations has not yet declared the food crisis in the Horn of Africa a famine, but parts of the region have been classified as being in a "humanitarian emergency" phase, which is only one step away from a "famine" designation on the UN's scale of food security assessment. (..) The system was developed by several UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, including the World Food Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization, CARE and Oxfam.

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