Jan 18, 2016

El Niño Worsens Drought in Southern Africa — and 14 Million People Could Go Hungry


Fourteen million people in southern Africa face hunger due to prolonged drought, which has become more severe due to El Nino conditions, said the UN World Food Program (WFP) on Monday. Nearly three million people will be affected in Malawi — roughly 16 percent of the country's population — while nearly two million are considered at risk on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. Another 1.5 million people, more than 10 percent of the population, are at risk of hunger in Zimbabwe. "With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming," said the UN agency, according to Reuters. "WFP is looking to scale up its lean season food and cash-based assistance programs in the worst-hit countries but faces critical funding challenges."