The seal for the International Monetary Fund is seen near the World Bank headquarters (R) in Washington, DC on January 10, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

NAIROBI, June 22 (Reuters) – World Bank has approved a $2.3 billion programme for Eastern and Southern African countries to help them tackle food insecurity, the bank said in a statement.

The bank said an estimated 66.4 million people in the region were forecast to experience food stress or a food crisis, emergency, or famine by July.

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(Reporting by George Obulutsa; Editing by Alex Richardson)