Drought and food price increases spark fears of violence

The ongoing drought in different parts of Africa may threaten food security, fuelling spread of riots over food price increases, economists have warned. People in Algeria and Tunisia last month protested over food costs, sparking fears among governments that had experienced unrest in 2008’s hunger crisis. Prices of foodstuffs are rising due to reduced supply to markets, forcing households to allocate more of their income to buying food at the expense of other necessities. Read more here.

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