Food Security

What causes famine? Here's what history teaches us

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The risk of famine today is much higher than it has been for many decades. Image: Unsplash/Abhishek Pawar

Guido Alfani
Associate Professor of Economic History, Bocconi University
Cormac Ó Gráda
Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin
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Chart showing famine, population size and climate change in Europe, 1300-1850
In pre-industrial times, most famines were triggered by some crop-damaging extreme weather event. Image: Alfani and Ó Gráda (2018)

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