Agriculture / Drought / East Africa / Eritrea / Ethiopia / Food Security / Kenya / Somalia / Sudan / Uganda

Over 20 million people need food aid in East Africa: U.N

Cow suffering from trypanosomosisDrought and war in eastern Africa have left more than 20 million people in desperate need of emergency food aid, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

“The situation is very worrying due to expected crop and pasture failures from poor rains in several areas, the increase in conflicts, trade disruptions and continuing high food prices,” the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

In its latest report on food and crop prospects (www.fao.org), FAO said delayed rains and dry spells often followed by floods had hurt crops and pastures in Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Read more [Reuters]

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