Sierra Leoneans are going hungry as the Ebola outbreak devastates farming, the United Nations said, admitting it was missing its much-touted targets for beating the deadly epidemic. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released preliminary results of food security studies showing that families in the three worst-hit countries were at risk of both malnutrition and under-nutrition.

“Farmers are losing income, and that is reducing their access to food,” said Vincent Martin of the FAO, which carried out the study in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone alongside the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP). “In Sierra Leone for example, 70 percent of the people we interviewed said they were eating only one meal per day instead of two to three meals, as was the norm before the Ebola outbreak.”

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