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Insurance “safety net” will help guard against farming disasters

A bigger insurance “safety net” for farmers at risk of losing everything in a natural disaster is being extended by the World Food Programme (WFP).

Greg Barrow, head of WFP’s London office, said it was hoped that governments of countries most affected by adverse weather conditions, would step in to underwrite disaster insurance that could provide security to vulnerable farmers across the world.

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Changing weather patterns lead to food insecurity in Ethiopia

More than eight million Ethiopians need food aid following crop failures brought on by the climatic phenomenon known as El Niño.

The changing weather conditions caused by El Niño have led to reduced rainfall in large parts of Africa with Ethiopia being hit hard, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

The UN agency says the country had already suffered erratic rains earlier this year which resulted in near total crop failure as well as high levels of livestock deaths among pastoral communities.