Who benefits from famine? When is famine part of a national strategy? David Keen's pioneering study revealed how a network of government officials, merchants, transport owners, and militia members profited from the Sudan's famine of the late 1980s. The 1988 famine was a dress rehearsal for Darfur. A similar network of 'beneficiaries' operate in Darfur today.
'This thoroughly researched and well written book is an essential reading not only for all who deal with famine relief and disaster management but also for students of public health, the social sciences, and rural development.' - The Lancet