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Famines & the global food crisisFamines

“A famine is a widespread scarcity of food that is accompanied by regional starvation, epidemic, malnutrition and increased mortality.” Famines and food shortages continue to be a global problem. Currently in Niger, lottery winners win food. Nearly 12 million people in Niger now have food insecurity. Famines often occur during epidemics, so it is important to educate you and you're family on the history of epidemics.  Food shortages could reach the United States in 2010 and bring on food riots and food insecurity.
 
Protect you're family from food shortages by stocking pantries and cellars with emergency food and water supplies.

Famines

  • 1906                          
  • Russia
  • 1907 & 1911              
  • East-central China
  • 1914–1918                 
  • Mount Lebanon Famine during World War I that killed about a third of the population
  • 1914–1918                 
  • Belgium
  • 1916–1917                 
  • Famine caused by the British blockade of Germany in WWI
  • 1916–1917                 
  • Winter Famine in Russia
  • 1917–1919                
  • Persia-1/4 of the population living in the north of Iran died in the Famine
  • 1917–1921                 
  • A series of Famines in Turkestan at the time of the Bolshevik revolution killed about a sixth of the population
  • 1921                           
  • Russia killed 5 million
  • 1921–1922                 
  • Tatarstan
  • 1921–1922                 
  • Volga German colonies in Russia. One-third of the entire population perished
  • 1928–1929                 
  •  Northern China resulted in 3 million deaths (drought related)
  • 1928–1929                 
  • Ruanda-Burundi, causing large migrations to the Congo
  • 1932–1933     
  • Kazakhstan killed 1.2-1.5 million
  • 1936                           
  • China, with an estimated 5 million fatalities
  • 1941–44         
  • Leningrad Famine caused by a 900-day blockade by German troops. About one million Leningrad residents starved, froze, or were bombed to death in the winter of 1941–42, when supply routes to the city were cut off and temperatures dropped to −40 degrees.
  • 1942–1943                 
  • Famine killed one million in China
  • 1943                           
  • Bengal (India)
  • 1943                           
  • Ruanda-Urundi, causing migrations to the Congo
  • 1944                           
  • Netherlands during World War II, more than 20,000 deaths
  • 1945                           
  • Vietnam
  • 1958                           
  • Ethiopia, claimed 100,000 lives
  • 1965-1967
  • Drought in India responsible for 1.5 million deaths
  • 1967–1970                 
  • Biafran Famine caused by Nigerian blockade
  • 1968–1972                 
  •  Sahel drought created a Famine that killed a million people
  • 1973                           
  • Ethiopia; failure of the government to handle this crisis led to fall of Haile Selassie and to Derg rule
  • 1974                           
  •  Bangladesh
  • 1975–1979                 
  •  Khmer Rouge-An estimated 2 million Cambodians lost their lives to murderforced labor and Famine
  • 1984                           
  • Ethiopia
  • 1991–1993                 
  • Somalia
  • 1996                           
  •  North Korean Famine Scholars estimate 600,000 died of starvation
  • 1998                           
  • Sudan caused by war and drought
  • 1998–2004                 
  • Second Congo War. 3.8 million people died, mostly from starvation and disease
  • 2005                           
  •  Malawi food crisis
  • 2005–06                     
  • Niger food crisis
  • 2006                           
  • Horn of Africa food crisis
  • 2008               
  • Myanmar food crisis.

The Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma's major rice-producing region.

  • 2008                           
  • Horn of Africa food crisis
  • 2008               
  • Afghanistan food crisis
  • 2008               
  • Bangladesh food crisis
  • 2008                           
  • East Africa food crisis
  • 2008               
  • Tajikistan food crisis
  • 2009                           
  • Kenya food crisis 10 million Kenyans face starvation