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Drought and famine in sub-Saharan Africa: a case study of Mali

Drought and famine in sub-Saharan Africa: a case study of Mali

Geographische Zeitschrift 73(1): 46-59

Conventional explanations of drought and famine argue that they are caused by desertification and overpopulation. Such an explanation is as inadequate as the one that argues that world markets and dependency on the industrial countries are to blame. During the 1969/73 drought in sub-Saharan Africa, contrary to the statements of M. Lofchie, neither the quantity of food exported from the region nor cash crop production were increased.

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