Serious food insecurity affects Syria, Central Africa, parts of West Africa

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Four million Syrians are unable to produce or buy enough food

A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows that instability in some countries leads to food insecurity.

The latest issue of FAO’s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, focuses on developments affecting the food security situation of developing countries. In its review of food insecurity hotspots, the report highlights that in Syria, wheat production dropped significantly below average due to the escalating civil conflict leading to disruptions in farming activities. Livestock sector has been severely affected. About 4 million people are estimated to be facing severe food insecurity.

In Egypt, civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves raise serious food security concerns.

In Central Africa, serious food insecurity conditions prevail due to escalating conflict affecting about 8.4 million people in the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In West Africa, the overall food situation is favourable in most parts of the Sahel following an above-average 2012 cereal harvest. However, a large number of people are still affected by conflict and the lingering effects of the 2011/12 food crisis.

In East Africa, although household food security has improved in most countries, serious concerns remain in conflict areas in Somalia, with 1 million, the Sudan, 4.3 million and South Sudan, 1.2 million food insecure people, respectively.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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