Africa: Finally, a Reason to Hope

Abundant rains produce a good harvest, but problems remain

After more than a year of steadily worsening reports from famine-stricken Africa, there is finally a glimmer of good news. In preparation for the opening of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) biannual conference in Rome last week, Director-General Edouard Saouma announced that Africa's best rains in years were producing record harvests in some areas. As a result, only five of the 21 African countries that needed emergency food aid this year--Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Sudan--remain on the list, and in 1986 Africa will need less than half the 7 million tons of food aid it required this...

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