113m million experience acute hunger last year: report

About 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, says a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report.

The report said that two-thirds of those people were from just eight countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The number going chronically-hungry has remained well over 100 million over the past three years, and the number of countries affected has been rising.

About 11 million fewer people believed to be in a food crisis in 2018 compared with 2017. But acute hunger either remained the same or increased in 17 countries, the report revealed. An additional 143 million people in another 42 countries are just one step away from acute hunger, it said.

“It is clear from the Global Report that despite a slight drop in 2018 in the number of people experiencing acute food insecurity – the most extreme form of hunger – the figure is still far too high”, said FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.

“We must act at scale across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus to build the resilience of affected and vulnerable populations. To save lives, we also have to save livelihoods”

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