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Despite Record Cereal Output, Food Insecurity is on the Rise

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on December 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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 Despite Record Cereal Output, Food Insecurity is on the Rise

Food insecurity is worsening across the globe in spite of record-high of world cereal output. This could be due to Ebola and civil conflicts, said UN's food agency on Thursday.

The Food and Agriculture Organization said 2014 was heading to be a bumper year for cereals, with "an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes".

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That was due to a record maize output in the United States and bumper crops in Europe, a FAO report said.

The record harvest "will outpace projected world cereal utilization in 2014/15 allowing stocks to rise to their highest level since 2000".

But the report warned that food insecurity was worsening in a number of countries due to conflicts, adverse weather and the outbreak of Ebola in western Africa, which began to spread just as crops were being planted in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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Poor weather in the Sahel meanwhile was expected to reduce the harvest by as much as 38 percent in neighbouring Senegal.

But nowhere was the situation worse than in Syria, where conflict has combined with a weak harvest to leave 6.8 million people facing food insecurity.

In Iraq, where the number of people displace has tripled to 2.8 million since 2013, the situation is also "acutely serious," FAO said.

In all, 38 countries are at risk of food insecurity, 29 of them in Africa.

Source: AFP
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