In the midst of this week’s edition of “As the Anglican World Turns” comes a frightening bit of unnoticed news:
“A prolonged dry spell and high temperatures ravaged Swaziland’s maize crop in 2007, resulting in the lowest annual harvest on record and leaving more than a third of the population in need of food assistance, according to a report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Around 400 000 vulnerable people will need approximately 40 000 tonnes of food assistance to meet the needs from now until the next harvest in April 2008, according to the report, which was based on a joint assessment mission to Swaziland by the two UN agencies – the first in a series conducted in southern African countries.”
The situation in Swaziland is already dire. Adding additional pressure to a system that is near failure mode is going to make things worse fast. Please God let the rest of the world notice this news…
(Keep in mind that there’s news overnight that the movement to ethanol based fuels is driving up the cost of food world-wide. In addition to rising transportation costs, food aid costs will be rising as well.)