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AFRICA: In eastern Africa, the food situation in Eritrea is of serious concern. Successive years of inadequate rains have seriously undermined crop and livestock production. A below average harvest is also estimated for Sudan due to conflict and drought. By contrast, the food situation in Ethiopia has improved as a result of a good harvest. Kenya’s poor second season maize crop will exacerbate food shortages in parts, while Somalia’s good secondary “deyr” harvest will improve food supplies in main agricultural areas. In southern Africa, prospects for 2005 main season crops are mixed owing to delayed, erratic and generally below normal rainfall during the first half of the season. The food security situation for vulnerable populations, particularly in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland is precarious during the current lean months. In western Africa, the food situation remains critical in Mauritania, while in Côte d’Ivoire insecurity continues to disrupt agricultural and marketing activities.