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18 Oct 2007 description

INTRODUCTION

This is a study of the impact of economic reforms on hunger-prone people in three of the world's poorest countries - Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. Its primary purpose is to assess whether food security has improved or worsened, and why.

These three states are among the large number of developing countries that have promoted extensive liberalization of their economies over the past 15 or so years, under the auspices of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

13 Dec 2006 description

Hundreds of thousands of people have so far been rendered homeless in several parts of east Africa, where heavy rains and floods have wreaked havoc over the past few weeks.

Many people have been killed by the floods, and more than 300,000 people are reported have been affected. These numbers are expected to rise as heavy rains continue to pound all over east Africa, particularly in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

21 Feb 2006 description

Roughly 11 million people are currently threatened with starvation in Eastern Africa. "These people have waited two years for rain to fall, and cannot wait any longer," says Kari Øyen.

The region has been affected by serious drought since late 2005 when the short rainy season failed, leaving water reserves dry and forcing the population to ration the little water they have available yet more strictly. The crisis stretches across large areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.

06 Feb 2006 description

Dry conditions and food shortages are causing the situation to deteriorate across the whole of Africa's Horn. "People are becoming increasingly desperate," says Norwegian Church Aid's Kari Øyen.