December 25, 1991 |
More than 13 million people facing starvation in Ethiopia and Sudan will need 1.5 million tons of food aid in 1992 despite higher-than-average harvests this year, a U.N. agency said Monday. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said 6.1 million drought victims, displaced people and demobilized soldiers and their families in Ethiopia will need 880,000 tons of emergency food.
August 14, 1997 |
The food supply in sub-Saharan Africa is better than it has been in years, despite continuing shortages in some nations plagued by drought, poor harvests and civil strife, says a new report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Food aid and cereal imports are expected to decline by about 58% for the rest of this year, but most of sub-Saharan Africa's four dozen or so nations will still be able to meet their food demands.
May 18, 1992 |
Koos Durr knelt on a patch of the fertile soil that for years has put the milled white corn known here as pap on the tables of millions of black families in southern Africa. His chapped hand grasped a stalk, which crumbled into dust at his touch. "If we can survive this year," the 54-year-old farmer said later, lighting a Gold Dollar cigarette, "then I think we will be able to stay in farming. But this year is our crossroads. Our future depends on what El Nino does."
November 7, 1992 |
The trees across vast stretches of southern Africa have turned white with thirst. The grass has vanished, leaving bare earth. Dry riverbeds have cracked like brown checkerboards. And tens of thousands of emaciated zebras and giraffes, antelopes and wildebeests rest silently in the hot shade, ignoring the rising stench of rotting animal carcasses. Human beings will survive this drought, the worst in these parts in 60 years, and they will restore their decimated cattle herds one day.
March 16, 1991 |
Millions of people in six African nations--Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Liberia, Angola and Somalia--face death from starvation because of drought and conflict, and available relief supplies are strained to the limit, U.S. officials said Friday. The most critical situation is in Sudan, where an estimated 9 million are at risk and the government initially delayed the start of a new relief program, said Michael Harvey of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.
May 26, 1992 |
* The Problem--Desertification * The U.N. View--"The overuse of marginal land for farms and livestock causes a cycle of desertification and poverty. . . . Desertification affects one-fourth of the Earth's land area and one-sixth of its people." * The Case Study: Mali--The legendary outpost of Timbuktu stands at the very edge of the advancing Sahara Desert.