Friday, 17 February 2017 - 12:39
Four famines mean 20 million may starve in the next six months
More than 20 million people - greater than the population of Romania or Florida - risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, UN World Food Programme chief economist Arif Husain says.
Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in east Africa has ruined the agricultural economy.
"In my not quite 15 years with the World Food Programme, this is the first time that we are literally talking about famine in four different parts of the world at the same time," he tsaid in an interview.
"It’s almost overwhelming to comprehend that in the 21st century people are still experiencing famines of such magnitude. We’re talking about 20 million people, and all this within the next six months, or now. Yemen is now, Nigeria is now, South Sudan is now," he added.