Four countries face famine threat as global food crisis deepens

LONDON (Reuters) - Global food crises worsene

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significantly in 2016 and conditions look set to deteriorate further this year in some areas with an increasing risk of famine, a report said on Friday. “There is a high risk of famine in some areas of north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

because of armed co

nflict, drought and macro-economic collapse,” the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) said. FSIN, which is co-sponsored by the United Nations food agency, the World Food Programme and the International Food Policy Research Institute, said the demand fo

r humanitarian assistance was escalating. FSIN said that 108 million people were reported to be facing crisis level food insecurity or worse in 2016, a drastic increase from the pr

evious year’s total of almost 80

million. The network uses a five phase scale with the third level classified a

s crisis, f

ourth as emergency and fifth as famine/catastrophe. “In 2017, widespread food insecurity is likely to persist in Iraq, Syria (including among refugees in neighboring countries), Malawi and Zimbabwe,” the report said.

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