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Ending famines and chronic hunger requires good governance

The United Nations’ urgent call in February for hunger relief for 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria has drawn the world’s attention to the connection between conflict and hunger. While there is no doubt that armed conflicts are a main driver of these hunger crises, more mundane problems such as bad governance and poor public policies also leave many with insufficient access to food and demand attention. Food shortages in peaceful places such as Malawi and Zimbabwe illustrate that good governance, like peace, is a precondition for preventing famine.

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