Across Africa, 2015 Has Been a Lean, Hungry Year

December 26,2015

JOHANNESBURG— Hunger hit Africa hard this year as climate change, conflict and enduring poverty ravaged multiple countries and left tens of millions of people in dire straits.

Countries as diverse as South Sudan, Malawi and the Central African Republic have sounded the alarm in recent months. The U.N. World Food Program says sub-Saharan Africa already has the world’s highest prevalence of hunger; one person in four is undernourished. Every day in Africa, 23 million children go to school hungry.

The agency’s David Orr said that in the lower half of Africa, where weather is the main culprit, 2015 has been an unusually