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Think Change episode 45: the politics of hunger – can famine in Gaza and Sudan be stopped?

Written by Sara Pantuliano, Alex de Waal, Omima Omer Jabal, Hamish Young, Nuha Yousif


The crises of hunger in Sudan and Gaza are grave humanitarian emergencies with profound consequences for affected communities.

A recent UN briefing to the Security Council stated that Sudan is set to face the “world’s worst hunger crisis”, while an international committee of experts issued a dire warning that famine is not only imminent in Northern Gaza, but a risk across the entire territory.

While man-made famine continues to be used as a weapon of war for political gain, the prevailing response from international humanitarian agencies is to provide food aid. But is this really the solution? And how does it affect local humanitarian efforts?

This episode dives into these questions and seeks to hold those responsible for these hunger crises to account.


  • Sara Pantuliano (host), Chief Executive, ODI
  • Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation
  • Omima Omer Jabal, Khartoum State ERR Jabal Awliya Program Office
  • Hamish Young, Senior Emergency Coordinator, UNICEF Gaza, State of Palestine
  • Nuha Yousif, ERR Sennar state, Programme office

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