UN warns that rising food prices will lead to widespread hunger in the Horn of Africa

Drought in the Horn of Africa has sent prices of staple foods such as maize and sorghum soaring.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that a sharp increase in prices could lead to renewed hunger in Somalia. More than 6 million people, half its population are facing acute food insecurity.

Farmers in Middle and Lower Shabelle regions are also facing a major challenge after the Shabelle River dried up – the region is considered the breadbasket of the country

Humanitarian groups in Somalia have also cautioned there was a small window to stop a repeat of the 2011 famine when an estimated 1 million people starved to death in the country after a slow response from the donor community.

CGTN’s Abdulaziz Billow reports.