Undernourishment increases in Africa in 2015-16

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Chronic undernourishment in Sub Saharan Africa rose from 20.8 to 22.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016, with adverse climatic conditions, a sluggish global economy and conflicts as the major reason behind, says Food and Agriculture Organization.

The number of undernourished people in the region rose from 200 to 224 million in 2016, according to the 2017 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report. They account for a fourth of the 815 million undernourished in the world.

From 2000 to 2010 the ratio had fallen from 29.1 to 20.6 per cent. But situations worsened laterom.

“Adverse climatic conditions and conflict, often occurring concurrently, are key factors driving the recent increase in food insecurity in the region,” Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General of and Regional Representative for Africa.

Repeated droughts often linked to El Nino weather phenomenon are considered another major factor.

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