Baylor College Medical School

from a Lecture on the Causes of the Irish Famine by Right Rev. John Hughes, D.D.

4. What are the causes and effects of one recent famine-for example, the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s. Please include any solutions that were applied to end or lessen the severity of the situation.

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In Ethiopia there was the record low rainfall compounded by raging civil war. These reasons were quite different than the Irish example. Solving rainfall and civil war in Ethiopia is pretty difficult. New irrigation systems and some damn good diplomacy would have been a start.