CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION
As of August 2003, the number of countries
facing serious food shortages throughout the world stands at 38, with 23
in Africa, 8 in Asia, 5 in Latin America and 2 in Europe. In many of these
countries, food shortages are being compounded by the effect of the HIV/AIDS
pandemic on food production, marketing and transport.
In eastern Africa, abundant rains in
July and August generally improved the prospects for the 2003 cereal crops.
However, severe floods and erratic rains in some areas may still affect