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World Risks ‘Biblical’ Famines Due to Pandemic

“Even before the pandemic hit, parts of East Africa was already facing severe food shortages caused by drought and the worst locust infestations for decades”

The UN warns widespread famines “of biblical proportions” to be caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


The world is at risk of widespread famines “of biblical proportions” caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the UN has warned. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), said urgent action was needed to avoid a catastrophe. Continue reading World Risks ‘Biblical’ Famines Due to Pandemic

Gash Barka: The Bread Basket of Eritrea

“We did not sell gold to buy foodPresident Isaias Afwerki; NY 2011.

If there is ever a region that epitomizes food security in Eritrea, it’s the Gash Barka Region

By Berhane Woldu,

The morning light had broadened, gained greater depth, and lay in a clean sheet across the field, giving it a silver tincture. Not a single car was in sight except a carvel of camels traveling parallel to a tree-wreathed riverside.

Barentu is the regional capital of Gash Barka. The trip to Barentu takes you through Anseba Region and into Agordat with its beautiful serene landscape. Barantu is situated in the fertile plains and is homeland of the Kunama ethnic group. Continue reading Gash Barka: The Bread Basket of Eritrea