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A statement issued by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and was released in early August this year is replete with paragraphs showing the unmistakable difference between a drought in Ethiopia and Australia. The effect of a rain pattern delayed by a season or two in Ethiopia means “Food insecurity is widespread and rates of acute malnutrition are growing now above the international thresholds that define an emergency.”