A drought across southern Africa has devastated crops in Zimbabwe, prompting President Robert Mugabe to declare a state of disaster. An estimated 2.5 million Zimbabweans are suffering serious food shortages.
Uganda has always been known as the bread basket of Africa and for the most part that's still true. But both the lack of rainfall in the northeast and the large number of refugees have posed a challenge to the country.
Grace Mugabe is suing a diamond dealer over a ring purchase gone sour. The presidential family's spending habits face scrutiny in light of the economic struggle faced by most of their compatriots.
Half of all South Sudanese depend on food aid. This is not only because of droughts, but also bloody power struggles. The main victims in this cycle of violence and hunger are women and children.
The UN says prolonged dry weather - the worst in 15 years - is leading to severe food shortages in North Korea. The isolated communist state, which partly relies on food aid, will likely need increased imports this year.
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