34 African nations affected by drought

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FILE PHOTO: Drought

No fewer than 34 African countries were affected by drought from 2015 to 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

FAO Director-General José da Silva told an international seminar in Rome, Italy, that more than 250,000 people perished from hunger in the 2011 drought in Somalia.

Da Silva said the need for global drought re-boot was pressing, pointing out that the many impacts of drought was not only hunger and instability but economic losses up to eight billion dollars each year.

He added that “as the planet’s climate changes, severe dry spells are becoming more and more frequent.

“Since the 1970s, the land area in the world affected by situations of drought has doubled and the burden is especially high in developing countries, where agriculture remains an economic mainstay.

“Over 80 percent of damage and losses caused by drought are…

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