Hunger Hotsport - June to October 2024 Outlook

According to the latest Hunger Hotspots report, GNAFC partners – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – warn that acute food insecurity is set to worsen in 18 hunger hotspots – including a total of 17 countries or territories and one regional cluster which comprises 4 countries - from June to October 2024, with urgent action needed to prevent escalation and deterioration of acute food insecurity. 

Increasing outbreaks of conflict, extreme weather events and economic downturns will continue to push already vulnerable people into hunger, if appropriate action is not taken. Urgent action is required in the hotspots where starvation is a major threat: Haiti, Mali, Palestine, Sudan and South Sudan. 

FAO and WFP call for scaling up anticipatory action and humanitarian response that will enable: (1) Short-term protective interventions to mitigate the impacts of new humanitarian needs arising; and (2) Interventions to address the already existing humanitarian needs. 

Focus on Conflict Hotspots: Haiti, Palestine, Sudan 

In the absence of a cessation of hostilities and increased access, the impact on mortality and the lives of the Palestinians now, and in future generations, will increase markedly with every day, even if famine is avoided in the near term. 

Time is running out to save lives in Sudan. People are at risk of a total collapse of livelihoods and starvation in areas where conflict is hitting the worst, like in Darfur, Gezira, Khartoum, and Kordofan. 

Amid a deepening security crisis, hunger has reached unprecedented levels in Haiti. Immediate action is imperative to prevent the risk of deterioration towards catastrophic conditions, considering the very volatile situation. 

Focus on Climate Threats 

The lingering impact of El Niño and the looming threat of La Niña could trigger further extreme weather patterns that could upend livelihoods and lives in the outlook period. In countries such as Ethiopia and the Sahel region, which include Chad, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan, climatic extremes range from severe droughts to floods brought on by heavy rainfall.

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