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International Bodies Warn Of Looming Hunger In Southern Africa

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The United Nations World Food Programme says Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are at risk of a looming hunger.

International institutions are warning that up to 50 million persons are in danger of a growing food crisis in southern Africa. The region is also said to be facing economic hardship stemming from the restrictions imposed to contain Coronavirus.

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Agencies have increased food procurement in an effort to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

In 2019, the area was hit by a devastating drought and has been ravaged this year by a locust infestation that has spread south across the continent.

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Meanwhile, there is report that Uganda food prices have collapsed in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Farmers in the country have produced a bumper harvest, but disruption of transport and reduced demand for their crops have led to a collapse in food prices.

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Agriculture continued throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, but now farmers are being forced to sell their produce at almost giveaway prices, because shops and traders have cut the amount of food they buy.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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