Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More crises

Regional food crises unfolding:

"Kenya will still have to pull out its begging bowl next year. Weather experts predict a low harvest due to poor rains. Farmers have been grappling with irregular patterns of rain, even as several million people continue facing starvation.

According to the Kenya Meteorological Department’s July report, the situation could get worse because the cold season is likely to continue throughout the month with no rains."

And Madagascar

"In Madagascar, where more than 70 percent of its 20 million population lives below the poverty line, food insecurity has reached alarming levels. According to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), chronic food insecurity affects 65 percent of the population, in addition to another eight percent during the annual lean season. Nearly one of every two children in this Indian Ocean nation suffers from nutritional stunting, while another 42 percent are underweight."

(Thanks Rania)

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