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Vol 50 No 18

Published 11th September 2009

Food crisis

Food security in the wider Horn of Africa has worsened dramatically over the past year. Some 24 million people are now unable to meet basic food needs across East Africa and the Horn. The global financial crisis is intensifying the effects of drought, conflict and the high cost of food; promised food aid has been slow to appear, leaving governments torn between stressing the extent of the crisis and running the public relations risk of declaring famine.

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