Extreme weather worsens global hunger

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:473
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    As Britain is been buffeted by freak weather events, from Boscastle in Cornwall to the Scottish highlands, the UN World Food Programme warns that weather related disasters worldwide are having a devastating impact on global hunger.

    Extreme weather and other natural disasters, from the locust plague in west Africa to freezing weather in Peru, are presenting unique challenges, says the World Food Programme, already overstretched by the crisis in Darfur.

    “Our people on the ground are struggling to combat the effects of these disasters on millions of hungry people,” states John Powell, the programme's deputy executive …

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