In Genesis chapter 41 Joseph interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh about 7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine which resulted in saving Egypt from famine, among other things.
I think this is a great economic feat to say the least. But it brings up so many economic questions about the scenario and how it might play out under different economic models and policy decisions.
First off, nowadays can a big enough food storage keep a city or a nation from going into an economic depression? Which economic models might I use to analyze the situation? The Great Depression included the Dust Bowl, and a lot of hunger, and it makes me wonder what difference a gigantic food storage could have done.
Egypt in that Bible story was experiencing a famine though, and economic depressions don't seem to be caused by famines necessarily. So is food storage only applicable during a famine?