Rapid analysis of previous famines

Rapid analysis of previous famines

This HEART helpdesk provides a rapid analysis of famines since 1980.

It is divided into three sections:

  • The first section is focused on presenting data on previous famines, after a brief discussion on famine classification.
  • The second section focuses on malnutrition indicators during crises. It provides data, where available, on Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). This section also includes a discussion on why data is important for addressing food insecurity.
  • The third and final section reports on the main causes of mortality during famines.