UN Warns Acute Hunger Set To Soar in Over 20 Countries

Food insecurity is expected to rise in 20 countries with the highest alerts for catastrophic situations in Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen, two UN agencies warned on Thursday.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) said in a new report on “Hunger Hotspots” that these countries all had parts of populations identified or projected to experience starvation and death.

According to a report, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen “are requiring the most urgent attention.”

The acute food insecurity levels were believed to increase and could rise further beyond the Emergency and Catastrophic levels.

Station in Ethiopia is reported worse, humanitarian access shrinking and private sector and supply lines becoming non-functional, the report added.

Across South Sudan, the magnitude and severity of already very high levels of acute food insecurity are likely to increase further.

Preliminary results of the sectoral analysis undertaken in November 2021 identified 11 counties of extreme concern for food insecurity in 2022 as compared to 6 in 2021.

Meanwhile, the agency said that Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Sudan, and the Syrian Arab Republic remain countries of particular concern.

The particular concern status is due to the high numbers of people in critical food insecurity coupled with worsening drivers expected to further intensify life-threatening conditions in these countries, the report added.

“Targeted humanitarian action is urgently needed to save lives and livelihoods in the 20 hunger hotspots,” the UN Agencies said, emphasizing that humanitarian actions are critical to preventing starvation and death in four of these hotspots “Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen.”

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