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Food Costs Soar for Africa's Poor Amid Worst Drought in Decades

  • Failing corn crops expand hunger risk across sub-Sahara region
  • Global grain glut no help: Weak currencies make imports costly
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The corn that is a food staple for much of southern Africa is now so expensive it has become a luxury many can’t afford, after the worst drought in three decades damaged crops from Ethiopia to South Africa.

In Malawi, one of a dozen nations affected by the dry spell, Meleniya Mateyu says she has to forage for wild water-lily roots called nyika from streams and swamps to feed her two orphaned grandchildren. The small amount of grain she gets from an aid agency is barely enough for them to eat during one meal a day.