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‘People are hungry’: food crisis starts to bite across Africa

By Andres Schipani, Emiko Terazono

23 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Food crisis in Africa has become a reality with prices of staples rising significantly. This FT feature looks at how this could lead to other political crises in many African nations.

Ezra Ngala, an informal construction worker, is struggling to make ends meet in a slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. “I am trying to survive,” he says while explaining that he cannot feed his wife and four-year-old son.

“For the past few months there has been a surge of people like myself going hungry. The government says that the war in Ukraine is the cause of all this.”

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