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World Food Programme warns of deeper hunger across southern Africa

From Reuters - February 9, 2018

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Poor rains and crop infestations in southern Africa are threatening deeper hunger across the region, with millions of people, particularly children, at risk, the UNs World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

Given that the region has barely emerged from three years of very damaging El Nino-induced drought, this is a particularly cruel blow, Brian Bogart, WFPs regional program advisor, said in a statement.

Large swathes of land across the region, from South Africa to Zambia, has been hit by high temperatures and low rainfall, while an invasive crop-eating army fallworm outbreak has shrunk cereal crop production for 2018, experts said.

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