UN lists countries, communities at risk of famine


A report by two United Nations food agencies has warned that twenty countries contain areas that could soon experience famine in the coming months.

Premium Times reports that the report was published on Tuesday, March 23, by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

According to the report, Yemen, South Sudan, and northern Nigeria were listed as places prone to imminent famine and remain most at risk of rising and dangerously high acute food insecurity.

It was gathered that without urgent and scaled-up assistance acute hunger is set to soar in over 20 countries in the coming months.

Below is a list of areas and countries among 20 hunger hotspots identified by WFP and FAO, according to The Guardian.

1. Afghanistan

2. Burkina Faso

3. The Central African Republic

4. DR Congo

5. Ethiopia

6. Haiti

7. Honduras

8. Nigeria

9. South Sudan

10. Syria

11. Yemen

12. Zimbabwe

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government on Tuesday, February 2, warned that some states in the northern part of the country may experience a brief spell of drought between June and July 2021 due to weather change.

Speaking in Abuja at the 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP), minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure on the severe dry spells.

He urged farmers to embark on "soil-moisture conservation techniques" to reduce chances of crop failure during the period, Daily Sun reports.

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