18 FEBRUARY 1998. WORLD: IMPACT (FOOD PRODUCTION)

Jude Webber of Reuters reports that the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) believes a "near-record number of countries" face food shortages, in large part because of the ongoing ENSO event having grown from 31 to 37 countries since last year in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and parts of the former Soviet Union. Africa remains the hardest hit. Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands report ENSO agricultural damage.

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