113 million people experienced “acute hunger” last year – UN

The United Nations says war and climate-related disasters are leaving 113 million people around the world fighting against hunger every day.

Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its 2019 global report on food crises.

Countries in Africa remain disproportionately affected by food insecurity, FAO said.

Kenya’s northern region often suffers from food shortages and, like its Ethiopian and Sudanese neighbours, drought regularly leads to loss of harvest.

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