Around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017, according to a global report on the food crisis on April 2.
“Nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger are in just 8 countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In 17 countries, acute hunger either remained the same or increased," said the report jointly presented by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Program (WFP).
“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,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.
“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,” he added.
According to the report, “climate and natural disasters pushed another 29 million people into acute food insecurity in 2018. And 13 countries – including North Korea and Venezuela – are not in the analysis because of data gaps.”
“To truly end hunger, we must attack the root causes: conflict, instability, the impact of climate shocks. Boys and girls need to be well-nourished and educated, women need to be truly empowered, rural infrastructure must be strengthened in order to meet that Zero Hunger goal,” WFP Executive Director David Beasley said.