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Early Warnings Don't Prevent Food Emergencies

Humanitarian aid groups are getting better at predicting food insecurity through the use of early warnings systems. But despite months of alarm-ringing ahead of catastrophe, the response is often too little, too late. According to the United Nations, more than 260,000 people were killed as a result of the famine that struck areas of Somalia in July 2011. Valerie Guarnieri, the regional director for the United Nations World Food Program, told VOA that while the warnings were issued...

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