UN Report Foresees Growing Food Insecurity in Horn

Jul 23 , 2022

A study backed by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicts that over 50 million people in East Africa will face acute food insecurity this year. An estimated 20 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Kenya are thought to already be experiencing severe hunger and food insecurity. The situation is the result of what the UN called "the worst drought in four decades", armed conflict, and rising global food prices as a result of Russia's war in Ukraine. Last week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) pledged 1.2 billion dollars in aid to fight food insecurity in the Horn of Africa.


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