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Conflict worsening hunger across the world

31, Jan 2018 | CJP Team

The Guardian reported that this week, food agencies cautioned at the United Nations Security Council that the number of people in conflict zones that are dealing with hunger is increasing, with eight nations afflicted with food insecurity that is at a crisis or emergency level. According to report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 60% of Yemen’s population, or 17 million people, are suffering from acute food insecurity. In South Sudan, 45% of the population, or 4.8 million people are in a similar situation. According to the report, other nations that have the highest levels of food insecurity are Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Lebanon, Somalia, Syria, and Ukraine. Moreover, the number of people struggling with acute hunger in Afghanistan has nearly doubled in the last six months; the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan have both also seen significant increases in this figure in the same time period. Francis Mwanza of the WFP told the Guardian that “For the World Food Programme, the price of conflict is becoming too high,” adding, “Eighty per cent of WFP expenditure occurs in conflict zones.” The report says that conflict imperils all four “pillars of food stability”; these are access, availability, stability, and utilisation. Most notably, in 2016, the number of hungry people around the world rose for the first time since 2000, going to 815 million. More than half of these reside in conflict zones. 



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