Learning the Lessons? Famine in Ethiopia 1999-2000 (PAL format UK/Europe/Australia)

Published on 1 January 2002

During 1999 and 2000, between 10,000 and 100,000 people died in the Somali region of Ethiopia, following three consecutive years of drought. This film examines the reason for this famine, which was triggered by drought but exacerbated by slow government and donor response. Underlying factors include the marginalisation of the Somali people, bad relations between the government and donors at the crucial time, and lack of accountability for famine prevention at both national and international levels.

This film was commissioned by the DFID-funded Famine Project at IDS Sussex. Versions of this film were televised on BBC Four News and BBC World during April 2002.

This video is the PAL version.


Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow

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