Currently, 37 countries, including 28 African States, need external food assistance. This is stated in the message on the website of the Food and agriculture organization of the United Nations.
“37 countries need external food assistance, 28 of which are in Africa, due to the lingering effect of last year’s drought on the crop of 2016. However, despite the fact that agricultural production is expected to recover in southern Africa, protracted civil unrest will lead to swell the ranks of the displaced and hungry people in other parts of the world,” – said in the message.
Recently, the famine was officially declared in South Sudan, but the situation in the field of food security is a serious concern in the Northern part of Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, according to the authors of the report.
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“This is an unprecedented situation. Never before have we been faced with four threats of famine in several countries simultaneously. This situation requires urgent action, which should include both immediate food assistance and support for livelihoods to ensure that such situations do not happen again”, – noted Deputy Director General of the Food and agriculture organization of the United Nations Kostas Stamoulis.
In addition, conflicts and civil strife in Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Myanmar and Syria also aggravate the situation of food security for millions of people and have an impact on neighbouring countries hosting refugees. In addition, the drought in East Africa at the end of 2016, has reinforced food insecurity in several countries of the subregion.
Recall that more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and in the North-East of Nigeria are on the verge of starvation, and some of the inhabitants of these countries are already starving.
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