From 1932-1933 about 6 to 7 million people In Ukraine died from a man-made famine known as the Holodomor genocide; holodomor means death by hunger. It started with the policies of mass agriculture and forced collectivization in 1929. Joseph Stalin was trying to eliminate the small, privately held farms that the Soviet government seized. This affected about 80% of Ukraine’s population. Land was confiscated along with livestock and families were evicted from their homes. Thousands were deported to Siberia or sent to concentration camps. Stalin ordered mandatory quotas of food to be shipped out of Ukraine and cut rations to those still living in Ukraine.