September 21, 2021

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Famine: Ethiopia and Madagascar at maximum alert level (FAO and WFP)

Of the 23 famines identified in a recent joint report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), more than half (14) are in Africa, we can read An article Posted on the UN news site.

Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger), Sierra Leone and Liberia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, There are Chad List 23 famines released on Friday by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

Ethiopia and Madagascar are the most recent hotspots for famine, according to two UN food agencies.

“Ethiopia is facing a catastrophic food emergency related to the ongoing conflict in the Tigre region, where it is very difficult to reach those most in need,” the UN news release said.

According to forecasts from the FAO and WFP, “401,000 people will be in a catastrophic situation by September, the worst number in a country since the 2011 famine in Somalia”.

According to southern Madagascar, “the worst drought in 40 years, rising food prices, sandstorms and pests of major crops will starve 28,000 people by the end of the year.”

The two United Nations food security agencies said in a statement that “these maximum warnings for Ethiopia and Madagascar are applicable to South Sudan and northern Nigeria as centers of insecurity.”

According to the FAO and WFP reports, conflict, extreme weather events and economic shocks will be the main impetus for severe food insecurity from August to November 2021.

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