UN food agencies warn of rising levels of acute hunger with potential risk of famine in four hotspots
The world has been placed on high famine alert, based on the latest
report of two United Nations agencies, the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The
report highlights that found countries have areas that could soon face
famine if conditions continue to worsen in the following months.
The report titled/Early Warning Analysis of Acute Food Insecurity
Hotspots/presents that the toxic combination of conflict, economic
decline,extreme climate, and the COVID-19 pushes people towards an
emergency level of food insecurity. The four hotspots that are at high
risk of facing famine are Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen.
At present, specific areas in these countries are facing critical hunger
situations; and another set of 16 countries have been reported at high
risk of rising levels of acute hunger.
The report presents urgent action that can be taken to avoid a major
emergency or series of emergencies, in 3 to 6 months. "We are deeply
concerned about the combined impact of several crises which are eroding
people's ability to produce and access food, leaving them more and more
at risk of the most extreme hunger. We need access to these populations
to ensure they have food and the means to produce food and improve their
livelihoods to prevent a worst-case scenario," said Dominique Burgeon,
FAO's Director of Emergencies and Resilience.