Latest update: 27/07/2011
UN asks donors to pledge more money to tackle famine
An emergency meeting has been held by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome to address the famine in the Horn of Africa. The worst drought in 60 years has led to a shortfall of food which is causing the deaths of thousands, and up to 12 million people could be affected across several countries in the region. The presence of Islamic extremists and a lack of funds mean aid agencies are struggling to provide relief.