Across Africa, the worst food crisis since 1985 looms for 50 million

by John Vidal

The Mashango family stand in front of their drought-affected crops in the Buhera district of Zimbabwe. Photo: Tamara van Vliet/OCHA
The Mashango family stand in front of their drought-affected crops in the Buhera district of Zimbabwe.  Photograph: Tamara van Vliet/OCHA

A second year without rain threatens to bring catastrophe for some of the poorest people in the world. Donor countries, in the grip of wars and refugee crises, have been slow to pledge funds. But by the time they do, it could be too late