What comes after Ebola?: Hunger

Cape Breton Independent

As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, leaving approximately 5,000 people dead, the region is now on the brink of a major food crisis. The world’s worst Ebola epidemic has endangered harvests and sent food prices soaring in West Africa.

If there is no timely intervention by the international community in the form of a massive humanitarian aid campaign and a comprehensive plan for long-term sustainable development, the post-Ebola food crisis will take an even bigger human toll than the disease did. Experts are predicting that over a million people in the region will require food aid to preclude food shortages, spikes in prices, and possible famine.

Indeed, food insecurity is threatening not only the three Ebola-stricken countries, but the entire region.

Averting a nightmare famine

The countries that are hardest hit by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, had previously endured years of devastating warfare and internal conflict, and…

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