AIDS/Famine Link in Africa

This 2003 paper by Alex de Waal and Alan Whiteside may give us a better appreciation for why Africa has hade more food security issues in recent years. (Hat tip: Becky). Here is the abstract:

Southern Africa is undergoing a food crisis of surprising scale and novelty. The familiar culprits of drought and mismanagement of national strategies are implicated. However, this crisis is distinct from conventional drought induced food shortages with respect to those vulnerable to starvation, and the course of impoverishment and recovery. We propose that these new aspects to the food crisis can be attributed largely to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region. We present evidence that we are facing a new variant famine. We have used frameworks drawn from famine theory to examine the implications. HIV/AIDS has created a new category of highly vulnerable households—namely, those with ill adults or those whose adults have died. The general burden of care in both AIDS-affected and non-AIDS-affected households has reduced the viability of farming livelihoods. The sensitivity of rural communities to external shocks such as drought has increased, and their resilience has declined. The prospects for a sharp decline into severe famine are increased, and possibilities for recovery reduced.
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2 Responses to “AIDS/Famine Link in Africa”

  1. I have only been able to read the abstract but would be quite interested to read all of it. i am an intern at safaids and need information on food security and its impact on hiv/aids in africa.I would be happy if you allow me to quote some of your arguments.

  2. It’s not a paper we wrote, but one by de Waal and Whiteside. Make sure you reference them.