Blame the rulers, not the rain: Democracy and food security in Zambia and Zimbabwe

The Southern African region is threatened by a famine and 5 of the 6 affected countries are democracies. However the current crisis raises serious questions about the strength of their democratic institutions and their ability to provide a basic level of food security for their people. In this study the worst affected countries Zambia and Zimbabwe are examined and the lack of a functioning democracy are cited as largely responsible for the food shortages.