East Africa faces starvation as rising food prices worsen effect of war and drought

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 29 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1211
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Humanitarian agencies are alarmed by rising malnutrition across east Africa, where recent drought has further worsened the effects of displacement, environmental degradation, and conflict related food shortages.

    Somalia and Ethiopia have been affected by drought and rising insecurity, which makes it increasingly difficult for aid agencies to reach many of those most in need. Furthermore, recent massive rises in food prices have compromised the ability of agencies to deliver aid and have reduced people’s capacity to feed their families.

    Last week the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations warned: “The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating quickly, due to soaring food …

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