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

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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.

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