Studies Find African Poverty Still High Despite Economic Growth

Two new studies find levels of poverty and hunger remain high across Africa, despite numbers showing fast economic growth.

The research group Afrobarometer surveyed 50,000 people in 34 African countries. It says about half of those surveyed reported facing shortages of food, clean water, and medicine at least once in the past year.

About one in five said the shortages were frequent.

Separately, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the number of people dealing with chronic …