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Famine in Africa

November 8, 2002 • Volume 12, Issue 39
Are affluent nations doing enough to avert disaster?
By David Masci

Introduction

A starving child is held by its mother at the pediatric malnutrition ward at Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, April 24, 2002. More than 14 million people face hunger and starvation in Malawi and other southern African nations.  (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa)
A starving child is held by its mother at the pediatric malnutrition ward at Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, April 24, 2002. More than 14 million people face hunger and starvation in Malawi and other southern African nations. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa)

Widespread famine threatens more than 40 million people in Africa, including 14 million in southern Africa and another 14 million in Ethiopia. Drought is partly to blame, as is the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has killed or sickened millions of farmers who would otherwise be planting or harvesting crops. Africa-watchers also blame corrupt and inefficient governments. Some aid experts say the United States isn't helping matters by donating genetically modified (GM) corn to needy countries, a number of which question the safety of eating the food. They also fear that farmers will use GM seeds to plant crops that could contaminate the continent's non-GM strains, possibly making them unfit for export to Europe. But Americans and others say GM food is perfectly safe and should be used to feed Africa's starving people.

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