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Covid: Sri Lanka on the brink of food shortages

Crisis after crisis

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The Covid crisis and the sudden switch to 100% organic agriculture announced by the nepotist government have plunged the island into a financial and economic crisis that could prove catastrophic.

Huge queues on the sidewalks of the capital to buy gas bottles or powdered milk; hundreds of tons of food trapped in ports due to lack of foreign exchange to pay for cargo; Harvests are expected to be catastrophic … Unthinkable just a few weeks ago, the specter of a food shortage looms over Sri Lanka. With a GDP per inhabitant deux à trois fois plus rises that des voisins d’Asie du Sud et a taux d’alphabetisation proche of 100%, the petit Etat de 21 millions d’habitants est pourtant depuis a demi-siècle a des plus florissants region of. But the island’s economy is reeling under the conjunction of headwinds, compounded by the mismanagement of the Rajapakse clan, which returned to power at the polls in November 2019.

The newly elected president, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, 72, a former Secretary of State for Defense, was quick to block power. His brother Mahinda, authoritarian and nepotist president for ten years until his defeat in 2015, was appointed Prime Minister, and his brother Chamal, Minister of Irrigation. Chamal’s son became Minister of State for Agriculture, while Mahinda’s son harvested …

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