The “Four Famines,” Explained

Hunger will be the humanitarian disaster of 2017.  The UN already declared a full fledged famine in parts of South Sudan last month, and three other situations around the world are precariously close to crossing a threshold of food insecurity that leads to fa...

Famine, Explained (VIDEO)

What three conditions trigger the United Nations to declare a "famine?"  What causes a famine? And how do you stop a famine? These questions are acute right now as the world faces an unprecedented number of people living in famine or near famine conditions. ...

Yemen is on the Brink of Famine

In UN-speak there are five levels of "food insecurity." This ranges from generally food secure to famine. The chart below, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, gives you a sense of the indicators that humanitarian agencies use to determine where peop...