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WFP, FAO List Nigeria, 19 Others Hunger Hotspot

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) said Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen remain at the highest alert level where parts of populations identified or projected to experience starvation and death.

A new joint report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has warned that acute food insecurity will likely worsen in Nigeria and 19 countries from June to Sept. 2022. 

The report came out on Monday, June 6. It issued an early warning for humanitarian action in 20 “Hunger Hotspots”, where parts of the population will face hunger crises in the coming months. 

According to the report, in their last available assessment in May 2022, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen remain at the “highest alert” with catastrophic conditions. In addition, Afghanistan and Somalia are new entries since the previous hotspots report in Jan. 2022. 

The report finds that these countries have segments of their population facing IPC phase 5 ‘Catastrophe’ – or at risk of catastrophic conditions, with a total of 750,000 people already facing starvation and death in Ethiopia, Yemen, and South Sudan, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

According to the report, organised violence, climate change, global and national economic disruption, and high food prices are expected to intensify hunger crises, displacement and migration and push millions to the rim in countries across the world in the outlook period from June to Sept. 2022.

The WFP-FAO also marked the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, the Sahel region, Sudan, and Syria as countries of grave concern with deteriorating critical conditions – with Kenya a new entry to the list.

Sri Lanka, West African coastal countries (Benin, Cabo Verde, and Guinea), Ukraine and Zimbabwe have been added to the list of hotspots countries, joining Angola, Lebanon, Madagascar, and Mozambique, which continue to be hunger hotspots.

The report highlights countries primary drivers for hunger crisis projected to drive more population into famine.

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