Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.
The affected countries include Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia,
Central Africa Republic (CAR), Sudan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) and Tanzania.
“The overall nutrition situation in the region has deteriorated
precipitously and, according to survey results, the Global Acute
Malnutrition (GAM) levels are higher than 20 percent, exceeding the
World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of 15 percent,
especially in parts of South Sudan, CAR, Somalia and northern Kenya,”
said the East and Central Africa Food Security and Nutrition Working
Group (FSNWG), a multi-stakeholder regional forum chaired by the
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO).
FSNWG warned that the situation could deteriorate further in the absence of quick action.
“FSNWG strongly believes that in the absence of an increased and
immediate multi-sectoral response, the food and nutrition status of
affected populations is likely to deteriorate further.”
It added that “the countries of major concern with regard to food and nutrition insecurity are the conflict-affected South Sudan, CAR, DRC and Somalia.”
These four countries, all grappling with
conflict, account for over 10 million people facing food insecurity.
According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Categorization (IPC)
scale, at least 20 percent of people must have significant food
shortages and there must be above normal acute levels of malnutrition
for a situation to be declared an “acute crisis”. For “emergency”
levels, there must be high levels of acute malnutrition and at least 20
percent of people must have extreme food shortages.
For more detail regarding each of the affected countries read on here
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Severe Risk Of Acute Food Insecurity In East And Central Africa
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