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CRASH produces geographic and thematic dossiers on topics arising from MSF concerns or dealing with humanitarian issues and current events. These dossiers gather both CRASH publications and researchers, academics and journalists' works.

Deux femmes transportent des branches d'arbre, camp de Dagahaley, Kenya, 2009

Famine: political implications and operational responses

The articles and essays in this publication discuss the specific context in which famines arise and the responses mobilised to address them. MSF has been involved in a number of famine responses (Uganda 1980, Ethiopia 1984-1985, Somalia 1991-1993) and has contributed to many chronic and acute malnutrition operations (Niger, Sudan and Ethiopia in particular in the 2000s). As theses famines were systematically related to armed conflict, the political implications are particularly significant and consequently, feature as a common theme in most of the analyses.