food insecurity

food insecurity

Hunger is spiralling, but has fallen off the political agenda

New figures released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that the number of hungry people has risen for the third year in a row, mainly as a result of conflict and the climate crisis. However, despite the spiralling hunger and two global food price crises in a little over ten years, hunger has fallen off the political agenda.
Mona, who fled the frontlines three years ago, can give only bread and tea to her children, the youngest of whom is malnourished. Photo: Sami Jassar/Oxfam in Yemen.

Yemen's shattered food economy and its desperate toll on women

Food security in Yemen is critically dependent on imports and incomes. Both have been knowingly undermined by parties to the conflict over many months. For women, the impact of eating last and least is crippling, and coping mechanisms are becoming increasingly desperate.
Amina*, 55, a mother of 12, stands with her children outside their hut in the village of Toumour in north eastern Niger, on September 6, 2016. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Hungry in a world of plenty: millions on the brink of famine

Today, the world stands on the brink of unprecedented famines. 30 million people are experiencing alarming hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. Check out our map to see where Africa's most acute food crises are.

A woman cooking outside her home in South Sudan

Poor rains, fighting and failing crops, the state of food security in South Sudan

According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, released today, four million people in South Sudan are severely hungry. This is twice as many as last year. The number of displaced people relying on crops and the increasingly unpredictable are worsening food insecurity across the country. 
 

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