Famine in South Sudan

Authors: Jennifer Kim and Gabriella LoConte World Information Transfer UN Interns, fall 2011 Background Even before its secession from Sudan in July 2011, South Sudan has suffered a long history of famine perpetuated by decades of civil wars between southern and northern Sudan. In 1998, Sudan underwent a catastrophic famine caused by draught and a…

Famine in Laos

Authors: Shuhan Hu and Sereena Singh World Information Transfer UN interns, fall 2011 History The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a poor country, with a per capital GDP ranking at 16 out of 206 according to the World Bank Development Indicators, and 140 out of 176 in the UNDP Human Development Index Poverty in the…

Famine in Ireland

Author: Evelyne Ojwang World Information Transfer UN Intern, fall 2011 Background The Great Famine in Ireland of 1845 and 1852 began with blight on the potato crop leaving acre after acre of farmland covered with black rot. Due to poverty, farmers exclusively depended on potatoes for sustenance. Approximately one million lives were lost from hunger and…

Famine in Ethiopia

Authors: Sereena Singh and Shuhan Hu World Information Transfer UN Interns, fall 2011 History Ethiopia has been structurally food deficient since at least 1980. The food gap rose from 0.75 million tons in 1979/80 to 5 million tons in 1993/94, falling to 2.6 million tons in 1995/96 despite a record harvest (Befekadu and Berhanu 2000:176).…

Famine in Darfur

Authors: Joanna Mieczkowska and Dominika Iszczek World Information Transfer UN Intern, fall 2011 Overview In Duran about 2 million people have been displaced by war that began in 2003.  This conflict caused problems with trade and markets, severely affecting people’s livelihoods.  An increase in conflict in the Abyei area and in the state of South…

Famine in China

World Information Transfer UN Intern, fall 2011 China’s Great Famine: 1958-1961 -15 million deaths officially, but scholars argue actual numbers are between 30/40 million -population censuses were inaccurate until 1980s, so the magnitude of the famine was silenced until two decades after it occurred -“The data on food availability also suggest that, in contrast to…

Famine in Cambodia

Authors: John Li and Sarah Rothstein World Information Transfer UN Intern, fall 2011 Rise of the Khmer Rouge As the Vietnam war ended in 1975, a US AID report observed that the country faced famine,  with 75% of its draft animals destroyed by the war, and that rice planting for the next harvest would have…

Dr. Christine K. Durbak, Founder and Chair of WIT, Opening Statement

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Colleagues and Students,  Good morning and welcome to this Conference on Food Insecurity: Role of Media and NGO’s co-sponsored by the Government of Ukraine and H.E. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev and supported by the Government of Kenya. Food is the core of culture and civilization according to Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist who is…

H.E. Mr. Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, Statement

Dear Dr. Durbak, Dear Colleagues! Ladies and gentlemen! At the outset I would like to present my words of gratitude to honorary Dr. Durbak for her continued leadership in convening this annual Conference on Food Security. Some of you who are participating in our event for the first time may ask why Ukraine has repeatedly…

Mr. William Pope, Senior Advisor, United States Mission to the United Nations, Statement

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, a testament to the spirit and the determination of the people of the Ukraine, we also remember the suffering they endured 78 years ago during the catastrophic famine, which has come to be known as the holodomor, the death by hunger. This terrible tragedy created by…