Horn of Africa: What is Famine and What Causes It?

ShelterBoxes being transported to hard-to-reach families in need in Ethiopia, August 2011.
ShelterBoxes being transported to hard-to-reach families in need in Ethiopia, August 2011.
The Horn of Africa crisis in 2011 was labelled as the worst in 60 years, caused by a combination of sustained drought, swiftly increasing food prices and escalating conflict in Somalia. By September 2011, over 13 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance. 
ShelterBox delivered 7,000 disaster relief tents to displaced families in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, bringing them shelter and a place of privacy at a time of desperate need. However over the past two years, many people have been struggling against famine and continue to do so today. So, what is famine and what causes it?
The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is a five-step scale that classifies the severity and magnitude of food insecurity, used by the United Nations (UN) and other humanitarian organisations.
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