Acute hunger “intensifies” across the globe, say United Nations
Around 124 million people in 51 countries were affected by acute food insecurity during the course of last year, according to the latest edition of the United Nation’s (UN) Global Report on Food Crisis.
Dominique Burgeon, Director of the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said that 74 million people are living in countries where conflict is having a “devastating impact” on their ability to have an access to food and make a living,
“Acute hunger has increased in 2017 and as a matter of fact there were, in 2017, 124 million in 51 countries that are acutely food insecure. If we take the same countries covered in 2016 and 2017, this represents an increase of 11 million people,” Burgeon said.
Burgeon said this can be largely blamed by the increase in conflict in some countries like Yemen, Syria, Congo, Sudan, and Myanmar.
According to him, the world will not be able to achieve zero hunger until governments address the conflict.