The year 2008 was a perfect storm for hunger in Africa.
Our readers may remember the spikes in food prices around the world, brought on by a combination of drought, rising oil prices, the explosion of investment in biofuels (eating up land otherwise used for food production), falling grain stockpiles and commodity speculation. Rising food prices prompted riots and insurrection around the globe, particularly in Africa.
Elizabeth Wright of Concern Worldwide asks people to remember those living in urban parts of the Horn of Africa who are suffering from the drought. Today, the worst drought in 60 years ? combined with dramatic spikes in food prices ... Read Post
As the Horn of Africa struggles to deal with its worst drought in more than half a century, rising food prices are adding to growing hunger in Kenya. Wolfgang Fengler, the World Bank's lead economist for Kenya, describes increasing ... Read Post