Mapping the Global Food Crisis
This interactive map from Oxfam helps explain the global food crisis in a format that most anyone can understand. The crisis is complex, as you can see, particularly in the Horn of Africa. To say that drought, climate change, or rising transportation costs were the famine's main triggers there is to simplify the situation.
And just as investment in some types of preventive health care is more effective and less expensive than treating illnesses later, so too investment in communities and agriculture systems can be more effective and less expensive than responding to a food emergency down the road. As my Bread for the World Institute colleague Faustine Wabwire wrote earlier this week:
The importance of promoting community stability and resilience cannot be overemphasized. Multi-sectoral programming to address the impacts of limited food availability, high food prices, asset losses, and malnutition, is imperative. ...
What we forget is the haunting fact that we have only two options: to pay less now, or to pay dearly later.
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