Food shortage in conflict-stricken areas continues to rise, implying greater
need for food and livelihood assistance, according to the January 2018
report of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World
Food Programme for the United Nations Security Council.
The report includes status of food insecurity in 16 countries: Afghanistan,
Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon regarding the Syrian refugees, Liberia,
Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine and Yemen,
plus the transboundary Lake Chad Basin area. It was noted that, in half of
these areas, a large portion of the population (quarter or more) is at
emergency level of hunger based on the Integrated Food Security Phase
Classification food insecurity scale.
The food insecurity in the areas mentioned is mainly driven by conflict,
which confirmed the results of the latest global food security assessment
released by UN in October 2017, that most of the hungry (489 million
people) live in countries wracked by conflict. Thus, it was concluded in the
FAO and WFP report that investing in food security can fortify the
initiatives to prevent conflict and attain sustained peace.
Report FAO: [www.fao.org