Podcast: ‘It’s the most significant issue of our time’

This week’s edition of World View looks at the unprecedented food crisis in east Africa

Refugees carry bags of sorghum at a UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan. File photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

Refugees carry bags of sorghum at a UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan. File photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

 

A region stretching across four east African nations is facing an unprecedented food-supply crisis.

Three successive seasons of drought, combined with high food prices and conflict, have left 24 million people facing malnutrition or even starvation.

Despite this, the global response to this situation has been muted at best. The story has been largely ignored in the media, while the international community has failed to pledge anywhere near enough money to meaningfully tackle the crisis, according to the UN.

On today’s podcast, we talk to Ruadhán Mac Cormaic about the unfolding catastrophe and why the international community is failing the people of east Africa.

Also on the podcast, we talk to Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid about the controversy there over a never-before-used constitutional provision that may be deployed to block a referendum on Catalan independence.