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Southern African Nations, Ethiopia Experiencing El Niño-Related Droughts, Food Shortages, U.N. Food Agencies Warn

Reuters: U.N. food agency says 14 million face hunger in Southern Africa
“About 14 million people face hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought that has been exacerbated by an El Niño weather pattern, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday…” (Stoddard, 1/18).

U.N. News Centre: Funding shortfall threatens U.N. efforts to counter El Niño-exacerbated drought in Southern Africa
“…WFP is working with governments, regional organizations, and other partners on contingency, preparedness to secure food supplies, and protect people’s livelihoods. WFP assessment analysts estimate that more than 40 million rural and nine million urban people in the region live in geographic zones that are highly exposed to the fall-out from El Niño…” (1/18).

U.N. News Centre: Ethiopia: $50 million needed to tackle food insecurity caused by El Niño-induced drought, says U.N.
“As the worst El Niño-induced drought has sparked a sharp deterioration in food security and massive drop in agricultural and pastoral production in Ethiopia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [Friday] presented a $50 million plan to assist agriculture- and livestock-dependent households and enhance their resilience…” (1/15).

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