Changing weather patterns lead to food insecurity in Ethiopia

Dry earth in the desert plains of the Danakil depression in northern Ethiopia. Photo: IRIN/Siegfried Modola

More than eight million Ethiopians need food aid following crop failures brought on by the climatic phenomenon known as El Niño.

The changing weather conditions caused by El Niño have led to reduced rainfall in large parts of Africa with Ethiopia being hit hard, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

The UN agency says the country had already suffered erratic rains earlier this year which resulted in near total crop failure as well as high levels of livestock deaths among pastoral communities.

To find out more, Dianne Penn spoke to WFP Representative John Aylieff.

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