Severe food insecurity felt doubles in conflict-affected areas
United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that “severe food insecurity” has doubled in conflict-affected countries compared to non-conflict countries.
“Severe food insecurity” is another metric used by FAO to measure hunger in the world
“In Syria, violence has provoked a 67 percent reduction in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and severely undermined food security. About 70 to 80 percent of Syrians now need humanitarian assistance, while 50 per centrequire food assistance,” FAO said.
Meanwhile, in Iraq, where violence has led to for 58 percent decline in GDP, 30 percent of the population needs humanitarian assistance while nine percent requires food assistance.
Yemen is also being wracked by conflict, leading to a situation in which 70 to 80 percent of the population are in need humanitarian assistance and 50 percent require food assistance, while Libya is another hot spot where conflict is undermining food security. There, six percent of the population are in need of food assistance, according to the FAO report.