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mdg7,  Colegiul Economic Buzau, Romania Question:


Are there cases when people died ofamine in your country?
What measures does your country take ...?


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Famine is caused by several factors including crop failure, overpopulation, or government policies.

After elections in 2007, Kenya suffered violence and with it famine. Without peace, farmers could not plant crops and this meant to food for the increasing population. This unrest, coupled with the absence of rain made parts of Kenya experience long periods of drought, leading to famine.

 According to a report by Jeremy Hance, “Children are starving, cattle are dropping dead, crops are withered, lakes are empty… Kenya is on the verge of a catastrophe of Biblical proportions.” Farmers, herdsmen and fishermen suffered the most with some pastoralists taking their herds to the slopes of Mt. Kenya to look for pasture, only for them to end up dying due to pneumonia.
It was estimated that 3.8 million—one in ten Kenyans, so far were starving. It was the worst drought since 2000.

"Around 50 people are reported dead from starvation in this area." This was according to a report by Anne MCFerran in 2006, "after a five-year period of virtually no rain, it's feared that this, the worst-hit area of Marsabit and Moyale, will become a graveyard."


What measures does your country take?


Farmers are encouraged to plant crops that can withstand drought such as cassava, sweet potatoes, etc. The population is encouraged to move from over reliance on maize and its products and embrace other foods. Farmers are encouraged to preserve excess food and store it for “a rainy” day.

The government declared famine a national disaster hence imploring NGOs and other bodies to send humanitarian aid to the affected communities. It also  initiated a food drive- Kenyans for Kenyans. All Kenyans of good will contributed food to the affected communities. One local communication network, Safaricom, sponsored monetary donations through their network. At the end of it all, lorry loads of food were transported to the affected people.

Groups such as Red Cross were on the ground to help and offer assistance to the very weak. The government availed health facilities such as mobile hospitals to help in dealing with the situation. 






Answer from mdg3


Are there cases when people died of famine in your country?

It reckons that Kenya is not experiencing famine. According to the WFP, Kenya is facing “emergency food shortage” and high commodity prices which have gone up by 70 per cent and 240 per cent in Somalia, our neighbouring country. The emergency in Kenya was caused by drought. Drought, a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall can also result in famine. The WFP says, drought is extreme, widespread scarcity which may lead to malnutrition and death through starvation. For a condition of emergency food shortage to be classified as famine, it must be widespread and dire.

A WFP top relief official said that although the number of Kenyans in need of emergency food aid is continuing to grow, the country is not facing the threat of famine “at this moment.”

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) describes the situation in Northern Kenya pastoral areas as a “food security emergency.” FEWSNET says 3.5 million Kenyans suffer from food shortage; an estimated 1.2 million people are at emergency level and unable to meet basic needs. An additional 2 million pastoralists and marginal agricultural farmers are in crisis category while 300,000 people are stressed.

Those in the stress level are in better condition compared to those in crisis and emergency levels in that order of severity.


What measures does your country take ...?

The Kenya Red Cross has several short and long-term solutions.

short-term programs

 Unsustainable but essential “emergency measures”, simply to keep people alive.

1. Water Trucking (sending water trucks to fill large tanks in more remote communities)

2. School Feeding Programs

3. Greenhouse projects


long-term programs 

Along the Tana River in Garissa, North Eastern part of Kenya, the Tana River Drought Recovery Program has helped over 1,600 former pastoralist families establish farms and irrigation systems along the river. These families are now earning a steady income, and bringing fresh tomatoes, bananas, mangos and other fruits and vegetables into the local markets.



mdg3, Kenya, Chavakali High School


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Answer from mdg5: Enjoy our multi-media answer to your questions. We had to take a slightly different approach to the questions, since we don't have famines in our country.






Answer from mdg6:  Enjoy our multi-media answer to your questions.  We had to take a slightly different approach to the questions, since we don't have famines in our country.


Hunger and famine is a global epidemic. Even the richer first world countries have problems with this. All countries have people going through tough times. Speaking of first world countries though; Canada may have a percentage of the population that are going through hunger, but we still have enough people to donate thousands of dollars to the third world countries that are actually in famines and/or dangerously poor. We hope your perspective about famine is informed.



 Are there cases when people died of famine in your country?



 What measures does your country take ...?






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