Adaptable Livelihoods: Coping with Food Insecurity in the Malian Sahel

Published on 1 January 1995

This study of the Inner Niger Delta analyses data from an experimental local food monitoring system set up by Save the Children Fund (UK) which tracked vulnerability to food insecurity which creates conditions for famine to strike. The author challenges conventional approaches to famine early warning systems (EWS), because they cannot detect fundamental changes in livelihood security and thus fail to prevent famine, and argues that EWS should concentrate on how people feed themselves and adapt to vulnerability.

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Davies, S
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