The East African quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Ethiopia’s booming population rate amidst their urgent starvation crisis:

Peter Pham, head of the Africa programme at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, said the hunger crisis is not the product of policy errors by the Ethiopian government. Crop failures in the eastern half of the country are the result of a drought attributed to El Nino’s disruptions of global weather patterns.

Prior to the drought, Dr Pham added, Ethiopia had actually managed to boost wheat production by 30 per cent and its rice crop by 10 per cent.

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