More Than 113M People In 53 Countries Face ‘Acute Hunger,’ 2019 Global Report On Food Crises Shows

Agence France-Presse: More than 113 million people suffer ‘acute hunger’: U.N.
“More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced ‘acute hunger’ last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region, the U.N. said Tuesday. Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine, … [according to the] 2019 Global Report on Food Crises…” (4/2).

Devex: Acute hunger hits 113 million people, but data gaps remain
“…The ‘Global Report on Food Crises,’ prepared with 15 development and humanitarian agencies, found that 58 percent of those experiencing acute hunger were in Africa, 24 percent in the Middle East, and 13 percent in South and Southeast Asia. It represents a slight improvement on last year’s report, which found that in 2017, some 124 million people in 51 countries faced acute hunger, requiring urgent action to protect livelihoods, and reduce food consumption gaps and acute malnutrition. … Yet 13 countries and territories do not feature in the report due to incomplete information available. Venezuela and North Korea were excluded, as well as Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and the Philippines…” (Chadwick, 4/2).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Climate, conflicts set to plunge millions into food crisis
“…Analyzing 53 countries, it uses a five-phase scale with the third level classified as crisis, fourth as emergency, and fifth as famine/catastrophe. Luca Russo, FAO’s senior food crises analyst, warned that millions more are now at risk of reaching level three and above. ‘The 113 million is what we call the tip of the iceberg. If you look at the numbers further down, you have people who are not food insecure but they are on the verge,’ Russo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation…” (Win, 4/2).

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