UN agencies: Hunger continues to intensify in conflict zones

January 30, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Rome (UNA-OIC) � Food insecurity � or lack of access to enough food � continues to worsen in conflict-stricken places, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) reported on Monday, listing Yemen, South Sudan and Syria among the countries most affected by acute hunger.

The report, generated by the two UN agencies as part of bi-annual briefings to the Security Council on food security, highlights the extremely critical importance of humanitarian efforts to provide affected communities with food relief and livelihood support.

The FAO-WFP latest report on food insecurity covers 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.

In half of these places, the FAO-WFP assessment notes, a quarter or more of the population is facing crisis or emergency levels of hunger as measured on the international IPC food insecurity scale.

The intensification of conflicts is a key reason behind the recent resurgence of world hunger levels following decades of steady declines, according to the UN’s most recent assessment of global food security, which revealed that the number of hungry people worldwide rose to 815 million people in 2016, up from 777 million the year before. The majority of the hungry, or 489 million people, live in countries wracked by conflict.

Source: International Islamic News Agency