Africa South of the Sahara 2008-2011: Hunger as a Factor in Political Instability

Between 2007 and 2008 spiking food prices sparked simultaneous riots in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean and, to a greater extent, Africa, where more than a dozen countries experienced food related violence. In 2010-2011, inequalities in resource distribution, including access to food, led to riots in many African countries. This paper focuses on structural challenges to food security, presents competing views and weights differences in reactions to economic crisis in Africa south of the Sahara

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