Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2003
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Perfect Famine

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Examines the causes of, and solutions to, severe famine conditions in Malawi.

Life 3 - The Perfect Famine

The 'Perfect Famine' is the kind of famine that happens when everything that can go wrong does go wrong, either because of natural disasters or because of the activities of humans.

That's what is happening in the southern African country of Malawi, where bad weather, poor governance, and profiteering have combined to create a desperate situation. It is at the epicenter of what may become a major famine in the south of the continent. Families are resorting to strategies such as abandoning villages, stealing crops, and eating next year's seed corn - yet Malawi is a green land that should be able to sustain itself. Although many have thought foreign aid would lift the world's poor out of absolute poverty, there is now a growing consensus that the policies of poor countries and ineffectual bureaucracies are major obstacles to sustainable development.

THE PERFECT FAMINE looks at the role of governance through one African example, and discusses the global issues at hand with development experts and economists.

With the support of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat); the European Commission Directorate General for Development to promote better understanding of development issues; the Directorate General for the Environment; and the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Main credits

Bradshaw, Steve (screenwriter)
Bradshaw, Steve (film director)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Chilembwe, Modesta (on-screen participant)
Magalasi, Collins (on-screen participant)
Jamieson, Robert (on-screen participant)
Malindi, Ellard (on-screen participant)
Nielson, Poul (on-screen participant)
Galbraith, John Kenneth (on-screen participant)
Smith, Fred L (on-screen participant)
Krugman, Paul R. (on-screen participant)
Moreta, Bridget (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Series editor, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Steve Bradshaw

Television Trust for the Environment
Steve Bradshaw
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Post Production Producer:
Ron Orders

Docuseek2 subjects

Agriculture and Food
International Relations and Geopolitics

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
International Studies
Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Development
United Nations


famine, Malawi, Africa, governance, starvation, governance, sustainable development; "The Perfect Famine"; Bullfrog Films

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