Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty

June 23, 2009

By: Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture; Scott Kilman, Freelance Journalist and Author

For more than 40 years, humankind has had the knowledge, tools, and resources to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet at the start of the twenty-first century, 25,000 people a day—and nearly six million children a year—die of hunger, malnutrition, and related diseases. Malnutrition kills more Africans than AIDS and malaria combined. We in the West tend to think of famine as a natural disaster, brought about by drought; or as the legacy of war and corrupt leaders. But Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, award-winning writers on Africa, development, and agriculture, see famine as the result of bad policies spanning the political spectrum. In this compelling investigative narrative, they explain through vivid human stories how the agricultural revolutions that transformed Asia and Latin America stopped short in Africa, and how our sometimes well-intentioned strategies—alternating with ignorance and neglect—have conspired to keep the world’s poorest people hungry and unable to feed themselves.

And they argue passionately and convincingly that this generation is the one that could finally end the scourge that has haunted the human race since its beginning.

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