Address and prevent famine in four countries (as of 20 March 2017)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 20 Mar 2017

More than 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing famine or at risk of famine over the coming six months. UN agencies and humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required immediately.


An elevated risk of famine persists in the north-east. Some areas remain inaccessible to humanitarians, leaving affected people in life-threatening conditions.


Some 100,000 people are already facing famine, while 1 million people are on the brink. Access constraints and insecurity continue to hamper the response.


Due to consecutive and severe droughts, the risk of famine persists in Somalia, especially in agropastoral areas of Bay and Bakool and the Northern Inland Pastoral livelihood zone


Yemen is facing the largest food insecurity emergency in the world. Life-saving interventions must continue and be scaled up for a large population now on the brink of famine.

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