What makes food price spikes all the harder to bear is that there is rarely a corresponding increase in peoples wages. And when the drought is over, prices often stay stubbornly high
Armyworms are a dreaded pest in Africa; their name comes from the way they can march upon the land and devour everything in sight. They are known to destroy up to 90% of crops in the field.
Some of the most arid countries in Africa, including Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, have the highest food availability per capita, measured in terms of daily calories available per person.