The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100 million and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a senior United Nations official has said. Director of the emergency division at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dominique Burgeon, said latest studies showed 102 million people faced acute malnutrition – meaning they were on the brink of starvation – in 2016, up almost 30 per cent from 80 million in 2015.
The hike was mainly driven by deepening crises in Yemen,
South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, where conflict and drought
have crippled food production, he said in an interview on The Nigerian Tribune.