Millions in Horn of Africa face food, water crisis

15 June, 2011 by (comments)

Prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa is becoming critical and threatens the livelihoods of eight million people, according to new analysis from the FAO.

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In Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia severe water shortages have lead to the death of hundreds of thousands of livestock, crop failures, unaffordable food prices, and increased rates of malnutrition.

The rising costs of staples and fuel are also putting added pressure on household expenses. The FAO is calling for urgent investment in the region to help farmers combat the effects of the drought and avoid a humanitarian crisis.

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