Food prices soar in drought-hit countries BBC Africa
( BBC Africa) -Drought in East Africa has led to a sharp increase in the price of staple foods, raising fears that hunger will worsen, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said, Reuters news agency reports.
The cost of staple cereals have doubled in some markets, reaching record and near-record levels in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania, the FAO added.
In South Sudan, food prices were between two and four times higher than a year ago while in Kenya prices of maize were up by about a third, FAO said.
In Somalia, maize and sorghum harvests were estimated to be 75% lower than usual and more than half of the country’s population, mostly in rural areas, was facing hunger, the UN agency said.