Famine stares Africa in
the face. And this time the
situation is particularly bad
because donor nations have
severely slashed their aid
programmes, says a special
report prepared by the
United Nation's Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Thanks to a devastating drought, grain production in southern Africa had fallen by 1/3rd last year compared to the previous year's figures. Consequently, 23 million people in the African nations south of the Sahara do not have enough to eat today. Even in countries like Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, located in the horn of Africa - where harvest has been relatively satisfac- tory - people are likely to starve if additional stock is not brought in from outside. A vast section of the stricken population will die if the richer countries do not come to their aid, warns the FAO.
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