High Food Prices Exacerbate Drought Victims


NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The United Nations says grain and milk prices in the Horn of Africa have hit record highs, worsening the hardship for people in the drought-affected region.

The August food price monitor of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization indicated the high price of cereals such as sorghum and maize is the result of the drought, as well as diminished secondary season harvests and high fuel prices, the United Nations said Wednesday.

In Somalia, where sorghum and maize are domestically produced, prices have begun to decline somewhat but are still 150 percent to 200 percent higher than in July 2010.

Maize prices in Ethiopia, which have been rising since February, were up 75 percent in July from July 2010. Milk prices in Ethiopia have surged because of the dissipating livestock populations in recent months.

In Djibouti, wheat was stable in price from April through June after surging earlier in the year. Wheat flour, however, is up 67 percent from last year.

The price of maize in Kenya reached a new peak in July, and was 100 percent higher than last year.

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