(By Brian Latham) Corn prices have soared 61 percent in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from this time last year, the partly U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Network Systems said.
The price of corn is also 56 percent higher than the five- year average, the organization, known as Fewsnet, said in an e- mailed statement today.
Since Ethiopia’s 2004-2005 farming season the price of 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of corn has climbed from about 140 birr ($8) to about 780 birr, said Fewsnet.
Relief organizations provided food to about 3.2 million out of the targeted 4 million facing shortages, Fewsnet said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Harare, Zimbabwe at [email protected]