The Famine in East Africa: Addressing Issues of Food Security, Governance and Land Tenure Reform

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American University Washington College of Law, Room 603
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


In July 2011, the United Nations declared a catastrophic famine in the Horn of Africa amid the worst drought Africa has seen in 60 years. The famine impacts more than 12 million people and food supplies in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia are disappearing quickly. Sadly, the response of Western governments has been slow. Anti-terrorism laws restricting aid groups from having access to refugees have been detrimental to millions, and aid groups predict the situation will get worse. Furthermore, the current famine in Eastern Africa is underscored by the land tenure policies of many African governments that favor state monopoly on land development and management. The outcome of these policies has been widespread famine and internal conflicts as people compete for access to land and the food supply. In addition, the latest trend by many African governments of selling land to multi-national corporations for intensive agricultural operations further exacerbates the problem and implicates issues of food security as Africans typically remain without food despite these operations. This symposium seeks to identify legal strategies that could be successful at addressing the East African famine with a specific emphaiss on issues of food security, governance and land tenure reform policies.

Presented by the African Justice Initiative






WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – no charge
General Public - No Charge
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