An interview with Jakob Mikkelsen of the UN World Food Programme in Ethiopia

Published on 20 July 2009

Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia has been hard hit recently by repeated droughts. Many families have lost their livestock and are unable to support themselves. This tragedy has been compounded by the "silent tsunami" of high food prices which struck in 2008. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently reported that drought and high food prices have pushed 12 million people into hunger. Jennifer Parmelee, a WFP officer, says that "In Ethiopia, poor families have now taken to eating "in shifts" – the eldest child on Monday, the next oldest on Tuesday, the youngest on Wednesday, and so on."

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