INTRODUCTION SUDAN NAMIBIA MAURITANIA MADAGASCAR MALI MALAWI LIBERIA GUINEA-BISSAU KENYA IVORY COAST ETHIOPIA GUINEA GUINEA DJIBOUTI ERITREA CHAD DEMOCRATIC REP. OF CONGO CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC CAMEROON BURUNDI BURUNDI BURKINA FASO BENIN ANGOLA SENEGAL NIGER RWANDA RWANDA SOMALIA REPUBLIC OF CONGO TOGO SIERRA LEONE LESOTHO MOZAMBIQUE SWAZILAND ZIMBABWE ZAMBIA TANZANIA UGANDA

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INTRODUCTION

Tens of millions of people across more than half the states in sub-Saharan Africa need urgent food aid, but the causes are often complex and varied. Food crises were once primarily triggered by natural disasters like droughts.

But according to research by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, man-made causes are increasingly to blame. These include conflict and poor governance, as well as HIV/Aids.

Rural poverty, international trade barriers, overpopulation, deforestation, poor use of land and environmental problems can also be factors.

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