The World Food Program (WFP) on Monday warned that the number of people on the brink of drought in 43 countries has risen to 45 million due to rising serious food insecurity around the world.
According to the UN agency headquartered in Rome, between 42 million and 45 million people are at risk of starvation at the beginning of the year.
“Tens of millions of people are on the brink. Conflict, climate change and Kovid-19 have increased the number of people in severe drought,” said David Beasley, WFP executive director.
“The latest data show that more than 45 million people are on the brink of drought,” a WFP official said after a visit to Afghanistan, where the World Food Program is helping nearly 23 million people.
“Energy prices are rising, food prices are skyrocketing, fertilizers are expensive, all of which are fueling a new crisis that is now plaguing Afghanistan, as well as long-term emergencies like Yemen.” And in Syria, ”he added.
It should be noted that the cost of drought relief worldwide is $ 7 billion, up from $ 6.6 billion at the beginning of the year, but traditional funding sources are high.
Families facing severe food insecurity will have to make “devastating choices”, such as marrying off young children, expelling them from school or feeding them with locusts, leaves or cacti, PAM.
The UN agency warned that press reports from Afghanistan “forced families to sell their children in a desperate attempt to survive.”
Many famines in Afghanistan have severely affected families, including the economic downturn, but 12.4 million people in Syria do not know how to get their next meal, more than ever in the conflict that began ten years ago, according to the WFP.
According to the WFP, severe drought conditions have been observed in Ethiopia, Haiti, Somalia, Angola, Kenya and Burundi.