Over 250 Million Lives at Risk as UN Sounds Alarm on Food Shortages and Famine

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has warned that food insecurity will increase “in scope and severity” in 18 hotspots that will be hit by hunger.

A joint report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program calls for urgent humanitarian action to save lives and prevent hunger and death in hotspots where hunger is expected to worsen between June and November 2023.

According to the document, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen are at the highest risk of severe food insecurity.

The report highlights “the risks of a broadening of the Sudanese crisis, which increases the risks of negative consequences for neighboring countries, as well as the continued worsening of economic shocks, plunging low- and middle-income countries into an increasingly deep crisis.”

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said all of the “hot spots” identified in the report have communities at risk of catastrophic conditions.

“They are already at the extreme level of food insecurity and are facing factors that could seriously exacerbate the situation,” she wrote in the report.

Lebanon has also been added to the hotspot list, which includes Malawi and 4 Central African countries as of September 2022.

In early May, the Global Food Crisis Network reported that some 258 million people in 58 countries will be severely food insecure in 2022, up from 193 million a year earlier.

Source: News

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