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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Less rain may worsen food insecurity in Horn of Africa - FEWS

The US Agency for International Development’s Famine and Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) had warned that food insecurity may worsen in the Horn of Africa as a result of less rain in the key March-to-May season, AfricaPresss reports.
FEWS NET made this known in a report released on April 3, and that rainfall in March-to-May Season would be 60-85 per cent of the long-term average, there was a 30 percent chance of the lower figure materializing.
There will be an expansion in the size of the food insecure population, this NaijaAgroNet gathered and that there is likely an increase in the severity of food insecurity.
Commenting on the issue, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian AID and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva affirmed mobilization of funds to support resilience programmes and the importance of appreciating the need for long-term investments in areas as education, water and others since the problems cannot be solved overnight. Read more
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