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Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine

In Mass Starvation, world-renowned expert on humanitarian crisis and response, and WPF Executive Director, Alex de Waal, provides an authoritative history of modern famines: their causes, dimensions and why they ended. He analyses starvation as a crime, and breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Refuting the enduring but erroneous view that attributes famine to overpopulation and natural disaster, he shows how political decision or political failing is an essential element in every famine, while the spread of democracy and human rights, and the ending of wars, were major factors in the near-ending of this devastating phenomenon. 

Hard-hitting and deeply informed, Mass Starvation (Polity Books, 2017) explains why man-made famine and the political decisions that could end it for good must once again become a top priority for the international community.

Book Events (2018)


October 10: Council on African Studies Lecture Series, Yale University
CAS Lecture Series: Pax Africana or Middle East Strategic Alliance in the Red Sea
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE )
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

October 25: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action
John Snow Lecture Theater
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)


Alex de Waal, Executive Director, the World Peace Foundation, and Research Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Professor Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM and Professor of Global Health

Click here for the full list of of Mass Starvation book events.

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Academic Year 2018-2019