Jul 28, 2016

U.N. warns of 'race against time' for 23 million drought-stricken African farmers

Botswana
Swaziland
South Africa
Namibia
Zimbabwe
by
Magdalena Mis
,
Reuters
Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Some 23 million farmers in drought-hit Southern Africa need urgent help to prepare for the next planting season with only a few weeks left before it begins, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday.

FAO said failure to help farmers in time with seeds, fertilizer and tools would result in a smaller harvest in March 2017, and leave millions of rural families dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid-2018