Rising acute food insecurity is putting people worldwide at risk of starvation, UN agencies warn

UN specialized agencies have reiterated their warning about rising hunger and acute food insecurity around the world.

 The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned, in a report published earlier this week, that “hunger is set to worsen in 18 “hotspots” worldwide including Sudan, where armed conflict is putting people at risk of starvation.”

The joint report said that “Sudan, Burkina Faso, Haiti and Mali have been elevated to the highest alert level, joining Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.”

It added that, “Additionally, a likely El Niño – a naturally occurring climatic phenomenon that has a warming effect on ocean surface temperatures in the central and east Pacific – is also raising fears of climate extremes in vulnerable nations.”

The report called for urgent humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods, and to prevent starvation and death around the world.

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