This was the headline of the on-line edition of The East African on 10 July 2011. The picture was, once again, one that we have come to know – a desperately thin woman cradling an even more desperately thin and lifeless-looking child. The images of famine always stir up emotions of shock and horror, as did the warning from the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews Net), which described this famine as one of the world’s most severe food security emergencies. As drought, high food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll, the lives of at least 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are threatened. There will be a growing need for special fortifi ed food products to help protect children against malnutrition.
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