Food: Price shock hotspots

by IRIN News

Malnourished children outside hospital in Gao, Mali. World Vision and Save the Children say that millions of families in the Sahel region are suffering in what is effectively a large-scale nutrition crisis. They say the main reason is not drought or food deficit, but a lack of protection against shock price rises. Photo: AFP

As global grain prices begin to climb, the Sahel countries of West Africa, those in the Horn, and in central and southern Africa – many of which depend mainly on imported cereals to feed their people – are most exposed to the impact of more expensive food, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).