Sri Lanka food production hit hard by drought, heavy rains: FAO

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Rice drying in Sri Lanka, March 2017. The country's staple food production dropped by almost 40 percent from the last year’s output. Photo: FAO

Nearly one million people in Sri Lanka are at risk of going hungry due to severe drought followed by heavy rainfall, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Thursday.

Extreme drought conditions in 2016 and earlier this year led to widespread crop failures, particularly for the main staple food, rice.

The situation was worsened by heavy rains in May which caused floods and landslides in the south-west of the country, resulting in death, destruction and displacement.

Sandra Ferrari has been speaking to FAO economist Cristina Coslet.

Duration: 2'24"

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