And that's the difference between Uncle Bob's first famine and today. Then, the poor buggers stayed in place and died. Today, they've sold their emaciated goats for a 2G phone and a bus ticket to Libya.
And the proximate reason for the crisis is not climate change, MMGW or fossil fuels, but improved health care and greater global prosperity which have overtaken Africa's endogenous ability to manage itself. As Der Spiegel describes;
"Since the massive famine that struck Ethiopia in 1984-85, the country's population has swollen from 41 million to 102 million. One-third of the population is already considered to be malnourished today: There simply isn't enough to go around in many parts of the country. Much of that situation is attributable to the country's antiquated system of subsistence farming. Millions of small farmers are incapable of yielding larger harvests because of their inability to access investment capital, equipment, fertilisers and high-quality seeds. In addition, their property belongs to the state, meaning they can cultivate it, but are unable to use it as collateral on any potential loans. They thus slave away just as in biblical times, using hoes, oxen and wooden ploughs to till low-yield soil."In a quote that proves that Malthus should be compulsory learning throughout Africa, an Ethiopian local government official said "We are simply too many people - People are starving because we have run out of everything -- water, grain reserves, livestock feed." It is not a problem restricted to the Horn of Africa; South Africans are suffering under the effects of an explosion in food prices that could see many more poor white South Africans queueing to leave.
You'd think the Guardian would be leading with this story - but there's nothing but a stony silence from our Stalinist luvvies. As when they managed to ignore the Holodomor - it took the Times to break that story.