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There are currently four serious famines happening in the world - Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. In each case, the difference between a bad harvest and a catastrophic famine is war. WFP and USAID have literal boatloads of food aid on standby, but they can't it get to where it's needed. The ports are blockaded, the roads are impassable and the logistical infrastructure has been destroyed. Warlords are murdering aid workers, blocking convoys to rival areas and stealing everything that crosses their turf.
America's agricultural surpluses could feed the whole of Africa several times over. They're more than happy to give it away, largely because it legitimises the huge agricultural subsidies that have led to massive over-production. Aid agencies have massive logistical resources. The problem isn't food, it isn't money and it isn't political will - it's trying to deliver massive quantities of food in the middle of a civil war.