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Climate Shocks, Conflict and Economic Instability Cause Food Insecurity In East Africa


An estimated 27 million people – or 24% of the total food insecure people in the world– lived in seven of the eight countries in the IGAD region, according to a new report released by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Food Security Information Network (FSIN). A regional first, the report draws special attention to the plight of millions of people experiencing acute levels of food and nutrition insecurity in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda. According to the report, there were three main drivers of food insecurity in East Africa: climatic shocks, conflict and economic instability.