Missed harvest today, famine tomorrow

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Today is World Food Day, a day dedicated to coming together in a global movement to end hunger.

One of the hungriest places in the world right now is South Sudan, where conflict has displaced 1.4 million people and created a dire food shortage for nearly 4 million.

Food aid provided by World Vision and other relief organizations has held off an official famine, but there is still a big question mark looming over 2015.

Right now, “every night more people than the population of the city of Los Angeles go to sleep hungry,” according to Perry Mansfield, program director for World Vision in South Sudan. The fact that South Sudan has not reached the official famine status that had been expected by this fall, though a positive sign, does not mean that the food crisis is over or that famine won’t still come.

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