Cormac O Gráda


On his book Famine: A Short History

Cover Interview of May 24, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“All bets about making famine history are off.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“It is almost a truism that all famines are caused by a combination of economic backwardness and human action.”

On the second:

“The huge increase in global living standards since 1900 and the accompanying globalization of disaster relief mean that poor but peaceful regions of the world are less at risk nowadays than even in the 1980s.”