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18 Mar 2016 description
report The Guardian

Unusually strong El Niño, coupled with record-high temperatures, has had a catastrophic effect on crops and rainfall across southern and eastern Africa

More than 36 million people face hunger across southern and eastern Africa, the United Nations has warned, as swaths of the continent grapple with the worst drought in decades at a time of record high temperatures.

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14 Sep 2011 description
report The Guardian

Influence of financial players on agricultural commodity markets blamed for global food price inflation and hunger

Felicity Lawrence guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 September 2011 11.21 EDT Article history

The activity of financial speculators is overwhelming agricultural commodities markets, fuelling global food price inflation and hunger, according to new analysis from the anti-poverty group the World Development Movement (WDM).

11 Aug 2011 description
report The Guardian

There is an urgent need to learn the lessons from Ethiopia and to build resilience in the region to enable it to cope with the severe drought it faces every few years

08 Aug 2011 description
report The Guardian

It's impossible to answer with a simple yes or no – but here's a summary of what we think we know so far

So is famine in the Horn of Africa linked to climate change or not? The question arises whenever "extreme weather events" – hurricanes, floods, droughts – hit our TV screens. It's impossible to answer with a simple yes or no – but here's what we think we know so far.

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13 Jul 2011 description
report The Guardian

East Africa's most severe drought in 60 years has left 10 million people desperately short of food. But what can be done, and should the call for help have been made sooner?

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11 Jul 2011 description
report The Guardian

Early warning systems showed this drought was going to be very serious so why has it taken so long for the world to wake up?

Posted by Alison Rusinow Friday 8 July 2011 10.06 BST

guardian.co.uk

Images of people arriving at refugee camps in east Africa this week have brought home the stark reality of the impact of drought in the region.

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05 Jul 2011 description
report The Guardian

The head of UN humanitarian affairs says the scale of the drought in east and the Horn of Africa is much greater than anticipated

Baroness Amos, head of UN humanitarian affairs, appealed on Tuesday for donors to "dig deep" to help the 10 million people affected by the worst drought conditions in 60 years in east Africa.