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124 million people in 51 countries are in ‘food crisis’

The Global Food Crisis Report shows rise in the amount of people starving. The areas most in need are north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan, where nearly 32 million people were food-insecure and in need of urgent assistance.

Global Food Crisis Report by the Food Security Information Network shows a year on year increase of 11 million people – an 11 percent rise – in the number of food-insecure people needing urgent humanitarian action across the world. The previous year’s report estimated those in food insecurity at 108 million across 48 countries.

This rise is largely attributed to conflict or insecurity in Yemen, northern Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Myanmar. Persistent drought has also played a major role, causing consecutive poor harvests in countries already facing high levels of food insecurity in eastern and southern Africa.

The report found that levels of acute malnutrition in crisis-affected areas remain of concern with some areas having the double burden of acute and chronic malnutrition due to a long running crisis.

You can download the report here.

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