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Failed Governance - a Contributor to Famine and Starvation

Failed governance and its effects are the driving forces leading to famine and to starvation in some regions of the world. Failed governments engaging in conflicts and those failing to protect their populations from insurgencies, are responsible for the plight of famine and starvation upon their people.

From Yemen to Somalia to South Sudan and to Nigeria - nations that the United Nations(UN) have identified as having 20 million people at risk of starving, they are all responsible for the current predicament of their populations.

In Yemen, a civil war has exacerbated already blighted conditions thereby exposing 14.1 million people to starvation, according to UN data. Yet, the warring continues as adequate amounts of money become available for arms, but not for food for the masses. Hence, international aid agencies, are forced to fulfill the void of welfare for the people of Yemen.

Similarly, in South Sudan, there are arsenals of weapons fueling a civil war, yet, 4.9 million face starvation and relief efforts have been difficult because of the rampant violence.

Nigeria's oil wealth, while supplying ample amounts of luxury goods, cars and homes for the well-to-do in the major cities, has not trickled down to feed more than 1.8 million people, mainly in the northeast of the country, who have been adversely effected by extremists fighting and poor governance.

On the horn of Africa, climatic conditions doubled by extremists actions and failed governance, have exposed 2.9 million people to famine. 

Famine and starvation are conditions that need not exist in 2017. However, they do. They have exposed too many people to suffering. Therefore, to combat these conditions, the people exposed should take control of their governance with a view to making the necessary changes needed to avert death from the scarcity of food.