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Famine in SomaliaCompeting Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011–12$
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Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190499389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190499389.001.0001

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The Worsening Crisis, the Delay, and the Impact of the Famine

The Worsening Crisis, the Delay, and the Impact of the Famine

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Famine in Somalia

Daniel Maxwell

Nisar Majid

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the early warning about the famine, beginning in 2010, and analyses the information available about the crisis right up to and including the declaration of famine on July 20, 2011. This notes the drought but, in particular, traces the devastating collapse in the terms of trade for food in South Central Somalia. It briefly reviews the regional impact of the crisis, and revisits the constraints on the response in Somalia, the attempts to negotiate access with Al Shabaab, and the attempts to carve out humanitarian space within the constraints of counter-terrorism. Then it traces the impact of the crisis on several key indicators of famine: livelihoods, food security, displacement, malnutrition and mortality.

Keywords:   Drought, Terms of trade, Livelihoods, Food security, Displacement, Malnutrition, Mortality

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