Timeline of Significant Famines (1900-present): 1921-1922 - Soviet Union, results in 9 million deaths.
1927 - China (northwest), 3 to 6 million perish.
1929 - China (Hunan Province), results in 2 million deaths.
1932-1933 - Soviet Union (Ukraine), 7 to 8 million people die.
1943 - China (Henan), results in 3 to 5 million deaths.
1943 - India (Bengal), 2.1 to 3 million perish.
1946-1947 - Soviet Union, 2 million people die.
1959-1961 - China, results in 15-30 million deaths.
1974 - Bangladesh, 1.5 million perish.
1975-1979 - Cambodia, results in 1.5 to 2 million deaths.
1984-1985 - Ethiopian famine, affects more than 8 million people and resulted in approximately 1 million deaths.
1991-1993 - Somalia famine, after the government's fall and civil war, affecting more than 2 million people.
1995-1999 - North Korean famine, results in an estimated 2.5 million deaths.
1998-2011 - Sudan/Darfur/Southern Sudan famine brought on by an ongoing civil war, drought and disease, more than 2 million people are affected.
2008 - The UN officially declares famine for the first time. In two areas of southern Somalia famine caused by drought, theft of food shipments by rebels, civil war, and an influx of refugees other war torn nations is declared, 3.7 million people are affected.
July 20, 2011 - The UN declares a famine in parts of southern Somalia.
September 5, 2011 - The UN announces that famine has spread to the sixth area in Somalia and about 750,000 people are in danger of imminent starvation.