Famine Early Warning and Response: The Missing Link

Published on 1 January 1995

Drawing on case studies in Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Mali and northern Kenya during the drought years of 1990-91, this study investigates why early warning signals were not translated into timely intervention. It identifies two major constraints: the inability of the international relief system to respond before potential problems become emergencies; and the red tape and political manoeuvring between national governments and aid agencies which delay and block relief efforts. Practical suggestions are offered on how these problems can be reduced.

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Buchanan-Smith, M and Davies, S
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