For seven years in the 1980s, TVE – the independent company that produces Earth Report for BBC World – followed the fate of a village in the Highlands of Ethiopia in the shadow of famine. Filmmaker, Charles Stewart, focussed on the calamities that befell the family of Aklook Adarge as drought, civil war, pest invasion and degradation of the land destroyed the ability of people to feed themselves. More than a decade later with parts of the country once again in the grip of famine, Stewart returns to search for Aklook and his scattered family. ‘Hunger for Land’ is an intimate story that reveals why poor Africans like Aklook cannot feed their growing families. Stewart goes on a 1500 kilometre journey to find that Aklook has moved three times, razing bushland and moving on when the land is exhausted.
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