FAO-WFP / HUNGER PROTRACTED CONFLICTS

29-Jul-2016 00:01:33
Two United Nations agencies warned the UN Security Council today that ongoing conflicts around the world have pushed more than 56 million people into “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity and are hindering efforts to eradicate malnutrition. FILE
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STORY: WFP-FAO / HUNGER PROTRACTED CONFICTS
TRT: 01:33
SOURCE: WFP / UNICEF / UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR
LANGUAGE: NATS

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FILE – WFP - 7 MAY 2016, AROYO, SOUTH SUDAN

1.Wide shot, WFP food distribution
2.Pan right, from malnourished children to WFP Nutritionist Felista Busi
3.Close up, child’s arm being measured

FILE – WFP - 5 MAY 2016, APADA, SOUTH SUDAN

4.Med shot, villagers sitting

FILE - UNICEF - 16 MARCH 2015, ALEPPO, SYRIA

5.Close-up, extremely malnourished baby being screened with MUAC (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference)
6.Med shot, extremely malnourished baby being held
7.Close-up, extremely malnourished baby being fed RUTF (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods)

FILE- WFP - 18 JANUARY 2016, SAINT SAUVEUR CAMP, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

8.Wide shot, camp
9.Various shots, people living in the camp

FILE- WFP -18 JANUARY 2016, CASTORS CAMP, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

10.Various shots, Women cooking
11.Various shots, women and children

FILE – WFP - 30 NOVEMBER 2015, ADEN, YEMEN

12.Wide shot, street of destruction in Aden, destroyed buildings, debris

FILE – WFP - 01 DECEMBER 2015, ALBURAIQA DISTRICT, ADEN, YEMEN

13.Med shot, children displaced by conflict standing in courtyards
14.Med shot, man peeling potatoes in barren room

FILE – WFP - 23 NOVEMBER 2015, KHANFAR, ABYAN PROTECTORATE, YEMEN

15.Various shots, World Food Programme distribution centre where people receive a one-month ration of wheat flour, pulses and vegetable oil

FILE – UNHCR - 10 NOVEMBER 2015, BATROUN, LEBANON

16.Wide shot, family eating thyme and drinking tea
17.Close-up, bowls of oil and thyme
18.Med shot, family drinking tea
STORYLINE
Two United Nations agencies warned the UN Security Council today (Jul 29) that ongoing conflicts around the world have pushed more than 56 million people into “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity and are hindering efforts to eradicate malnutrition.

According to a series of 17 country briefs prepared for the Security Council by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN World Food Programme (WFP), Yemen and Syria top the list in terms of sheer numbers of people whose food security is being negatively impacted by ongoing conflict.

According to the agencies, expressed in terms of the Integrated Food Security Classification Phase (IPC) scale, 14 million people – more than half the population - in Yemen are in a state of hunger crisis or emergency. Indeed 8.7 million people – 37 per cent of the pre-conflict population – in Syria need urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance.

Furthermore, a staggering 89 per cent of all Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon also require urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance.

The briefs also noted that in South Sudan, where the situation is rapidly deteriorating, 4.8 million people are in urgent need of food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance. Similarly, millions of people are still wrestling with high levels of food insecurity in countries that are coming out of extended periods of civil strife such as the Central African Republic (CAR) and Colombia.

The agencies also warned that post-conflict countries with high food insecurity are 40 per cent more likely to relapse into conflict within a 10-year timespan if hunger levels are not addressed.

In other countries, while the overall absolute numbers of people facing food insecurity are lower, the share of people experiencing severe levels of food insecurity accounts for over half of the total population. In Burundi and Haiti, 23 per cent and 19 per cent of people are at IPC level 3 or 4, respectively, while in the CAR, 50 per cent of the population is at IPC scale 3 or worse.

The IPC scale is an evidence-based approach which allows comparability of situations across countries and over time. According to the scale, levels 3 and 4 represent crisis and emergency levels, respectively, and level 5, the highest level, indicates the famine.

The two UN agencies also pointed out that according to recent estimates, approximately half of the global poor now live in states characterized by conflict and violence. In such places, the people can be up to three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in more stable areas.

The briefs shared with the Security Council cover 17 countries where conflict has significantly affected food security: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Guinea Bissau, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

An additional brief on the regional Lake Chad crisis affecting Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon was also submitted. There, violence associated with Boko Haram has seen the numbers of displaced people triple over the past two years accompanied by rising levels of hunger and malnutrition.
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