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Food ruined by drought could feed more than 80m a day, says World Bank

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Bank calls for water to be treated as valuable resource as study into impact details lack of water’s devastating lifelong scars on children

The food produce destroyed by droughts would be enough to feed a country with a population the size of Germany’s every day for a year, the World Bank has reported.

In a new study, it said, the “shockingly large and often hidden” consequences of prolonged periods without rain threatened to stunt the growth of children and condemn them to a lifetime of poverty.

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