UN Food Agencies Warn of Rising Levels of Acute Hunger, Famine

According to the UN World Food Programme, the world has been put on a heightened famine alert with a new report by two United Nations agencies that contains a stark warning; four countries contain areas that could soon slip into famine if conditions there undergo "any further deterioration over the coming months". These are Burkina Faso in West Africa's Sahel region, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. The Early Warning Analysis of Acute Food Insecurity Hotspots describes a toxic combination of conflict, economic decline, climate extremes, and the Covid-19 pandemic that is driving people further into the emergency phase of food insecurity. 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.

With schools closed as a preventitive measure taken by the govern to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Country, WFP is providing Take-Home Rations (THR) to ensure that pupils continue to study at home on a full sltomach. In the photo: Doudou Ltanoua's (non visible in the Photo) school-aged children enjoy a hot meal cooked with food items provided by WFP (file photo).

The Covid-19 pandemic has had huge impact on school children in Nigeria, with about 39 million children and youth affected by school closures. Nearly 10 million schoolchildren are now missing out on school meals on which they depend. Missing school meals means missing a lifeline to health and nutrition for many children in Nigeria (file photo).

In the photo: Alice Tinsheme (50) practice social distancing as she gets her food vouchers verified at the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme at Adekunle Anglican Primary School, Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria on Friday 22nd May 2020. The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in Nigeria, supported by WFP, has launched a Home Grown School Feeding Programme in Lagos and Abuja to support families struggling under the Covid-19 lockdown (file photo).

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In the photo: Elizabeth Anabu, a 35-year-old mother, carries her baby and smiles having received food items from the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme at Adekunle Anglican Primary School, Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria on Friday 22nd May 2020 (file photo).

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South Sudan confirmed its fiorst case of Covid-19 on April 5, 2020. Following the confirmation of the first case, government put in place variety of measures including curfew, asking the public to observe social distancing, closing religious gatherings and schools as well as shops that do not sell essential goods (file photo).

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