EAST AFRICA: A Harvest of Despair

The world's hungriest continent reels under a new famine

After the famine that killed an estimated quarter of a million people in West Africa in the early '70s, the 36-member United Nations World Food Council vowed to create a world without hunger within a decade. Today that ambitious goal seems more distant than ever. Over the decade. Africa has become the world's hungriest continent. Food production has increased by about 1% a year, while its population has grown nearly three times as quickly, from an estimated 350 million to 470 million. Of the 29 countries classified by the U.N.'s Food...

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