Acute hunger set to soar in over 20 countries, warn FAO and WFP
|Post date||Tuesday, 23 March, 2021 - 18:26|
Call for urgent and at-scale action to avert rising hunger and risk of famine
Acute hunger is set to soar in over 20 countries in the coming months without urgent and scaled-up assistance, warn the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) in a new report issued today.
Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria top the list and face catastrophic levels of acute hunger, with families in pockets of South Sudan and Yemen already at risk or in the grip of starvation, according to the Hunger Hotspots report.
Although the majority of affected countries are in Africa, acute hunger is due to rise steeply in most regions. Already, over 34 million people are grappling with emergency levels of acute hunger (IPC4) across the world – meaning they are one step away from starvation.