The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that food shortage was already present in four countries but with millions more people are at risk, underscoring the need for urgent funding and humanitarian access to reach those in need.
Analysis by the UN agency revealed that 41 million people in 43 countries were teetering on the very edge of famine, up from 27 million two years ago.
This is said by World Food Program Chief David Beasley who told its Executive Board on Monday, according to press release.
He described the situation as “just tragic”, because “these are real people with real names.”
He also said according to WFP 584,000 people were already experiencing food crisis conditions in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen.
Nigeria and Burkina Faso are also of particular concern as they have pockets where food crisis conditions are present.
He added that in Somalia in 2011, 260,000 people died of hunger, and by the time the food shortage was actually declared half of that number had already died.