Travelling in antique lands: using past famines to develop an adaptability/resilience framework to identify food systems vulnerable to climate change

  title={Travelling in antique lands: using past famines to develop an adaptability/resilience framework to identify food systems vulnerable to climate change},
  author={Evan David Gaviller Fraser},
  journal={Climatic Change},
  • E. Fraser
  • Published 7 March 2007
  • Economics
  • Climatic Change
This paper builds on existing theory and proposes a framework to identify vulnerability to climate change in food systems by examining historic cases where common environmental problems caused famine. Cases presented are (1) Ireland’s Potato Famine, (2) El Niño induced famines during the Colonial period, and (3) Ethiopia between 1965 and 1997. Three factors stand out as common in each. Prior to each famine: (1) there were very few ways that people could obtain a living in the worst affected… 
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