Djibouti's High Food Prices Leave 88% of Rural Poor Needing Aid
November 01, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT
By Brian Latham
Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Rising food prices in Djibouti have left 88 percent of
the nation's rural population dependent on food aid, the Famine Early
Warning Systems Network said.
A ban on charcoal and firewood production, which provides about half of the
income of poor people in the country's southeast region, may further
increase hunger, the Washington- based agency, known as Fewsnet, said in an
e-mailed statement today.
Average monthly food costs for a poor urban family are about 33,907 Djibouti
francs ($191), about 12,550 francs more than the average household income,
Fewsnet said. Urban residents in the Horn of Africa nation don't receive
food aid, it said.
------------[ Sent via the dehai-wn mailing list by dehai.org]--------------
Received on Tue Nov 01 2011 - 14:25:00 EDT