Hunger and malnutrition crisis worsening in Sudan, warns FAO

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People in Sudan are facing the threat of a worsening hunger and malnutrition crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), warned on Thursday.

The agency says currently, about 3.3 million people don't have enough food a number that is likely to rise to four million in the coming months.

It blames a poor harvest due to late and insufficient rains as well as renewed fighting and inter-communal violence for the food crisis.

It says the violence resulted in people fleeing their homes and missing critical planting and harvesting seasons, particularly in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions.

In the troubled region of Darfur, FAO adds, renewed hostility has resulted in over 200,000 people being displaced since the beginning of this year.

FAO says farmers and herders in Sudan need urgent support to help prevent the food crisis from deteriorating further.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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