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01 Oct 2004 description

By Peter Apps

JOHANNESBURG, October 1 (Reuters) - Locust plagues in West Africa and ongoing food shortages in southern and eastern Africa will leave millions needing food supplies in the next few months, aid agencies say.

Food shortages in some East African countries have long been endemic, but now experts say the same could be happening in the south of the continent.

Several west African countries have been hit by locusts, which have devastated local crops.