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100m people face food crisis in Nigeria, others

The World Food Programme (WFP) has estimated that over 100 million people worldwide face severe food insecurity.

According to the WFP, the situation is most severe in countries affected by conflict and violence including Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan and Yemen, affecting over 40 million people.

It stated that another 22 million people in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Mozambique are affected by the adverse impact of climate change and environmental degradation.

Besides, more than 30 million people in several of these countries and Somalia are at risk of famine and starvation.

The organisation explained the combination of violence and conflict and the adverse impact of climate change have contributed to a global food crisis that is affecting more than 40 countries in the world.

This year’s 2017 World Food Day theme highlights an important subject that is often neglected by international decision-makers as violence and conflict are often seen as the main triggering factors of the protracted migration and refugee crisis.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, said : “It is an important occasion to raise awareness of the adverse impact of food insecurity, environmental degradation and climate change, which exacerbate the refugee and migration crisis.

“During a high-level event at the United Nations in September 2016 on food insecurity and the refugee crisis.

He observed that providing access to food to displaced people remains a critical issue.

“Food is a matter of life and death – especially for people in need, like refugees. Many of the millions of refugees in our world are food insecure. They face the grave risk of malnutrition. We have a moral obligation to help them,” he said.

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