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The recent famines witnessed across southern and more recently eastern Africa have revived international attention to the pressing questions of why Africa and why again It is the very focus of this essay to address these questions through analysing the situation of food insecurity in Africa and the underlying causes but also to question through comparison to other major world regions the assumption that Africa is experiencing the worst situation of food insecurity and therefore causing the most concern to the international donor community Where a recent FAO report on global food insecurity estimates that 777 million of the 815 global food insecure live within the Developing world FAO 2001 a 1 Analysis and comparison of food security situations will therefore focus upon the major Developing regions categorised by the FAO as sub-Saharan Africa Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia and the Pacific Food Security is defined as the access of all people at all times to enough food for an active healthy life World Bank 1986 cited in Sijm 1997 8 The causes of food insecurity will therefore be perceived as those that constrain both food availability and access The analysis of the African food security situation and its causes will be interlinked with arguments surrounding the concept of food security itself This is because the perspective on food security taken shapes the analytical outcome of the food security situation and the underlying causes In particular whether failed availability of or access to food is emphasised and what scale food security analysis is focussing upon national or household In Malthusian argument food balance is the key indicator of food security and thus national food availability Sens entitlement theory in contrast perceives food insecurity as a household issue associated with the failure to access food The more recent sustainable livelihoods concept develops the entitlement theory one step further perceiving the factors that constrain livelihood coping strategies as the central determinants of household food insecurity
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