Nigeria has been named among four countries that are at severe risk of famine.
This was disclosed in a report by the World Food Program (WFP), an arm of the United Nations.
In addition to Nigeria, three other countries have been identified as most at risk; if conditions there undergo any more deterioration in the coming months. They include Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen.
The report which was released by the Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the WFP; warned that Nigeria and the other three countries may face acute food insecurity. However, the report noted that the four countries are not the only ones at risk. Indeed, it says 16 other countries are at high risk of rising levels of acute hunger.
KOKO TV reports that the majority are in Africa.
The countries include Venezuela, Haiti, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Mali. Others are Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe.
“Parts of the population in the four hotspots of highest concern are already experiencing a critical hunger situation; with the report warning that escalations in conflict as well as a further reduction in humanitarian access could lead to a risk of famine,” WFP said.
“An acute food insecurity levels are reaching new highs globally, driven by a combination of factors. A toxic combination of conflict, economic decline, climate extremes and the COVID-19 pandemic is driving people further into the emergency phase of food insecurity.
“We are at a catastrophic turning point. Once again, we face the risk of famine in four different parts of the world at the same time. When we declare a famine, it means many lives have already been lost. If we wait to find that out for sure, people are already dead,” Margot van der Velden, WFP director of emergencies stated.
“The aim of the Hotspots report is to inform urgent action that can be taken now to avoid a major emergency – or series of emergencies – in three to six months from today,” WFP said.Photo Credit: Getty