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Severe Weather Patterns Threaten Food Production in Ethiopia

Seasonal floods followed by drought caused by El Nino have caused severe crop damage in Ethiopia.

However, last week in a press release the UN warned that further damage caused by cooler weather brought on by La Nina, expected in October and onwards, could further devastate food production.

The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) highlighted that if the floods worsen later this year, there could be outbreaks of crop and livestock diseases, further reducing agricultural productivity and complicating recovery.

“The situation is critical now,” Amadou Allahoury, FAO Representative to Ethiopia, said.

Andrew Heavens

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