IN FOCUS & FOOD INSECURITY HOTSPOTS
Drought has left 23 million requiring food assistance in Southern Africa.
An outbreak of fighting in South Sudan has caused new displacements and food price increases in the capital Juba. The South Sudan IPC update for April 2016 estimated that 4.8 million people (40 percent of the population) would face severe food insecurity in the May–July 2016 lean season.
Conflict in Nigeria’s north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe has made 3 million people food insecure. UNICEF has warned that an estimated 49,000 children in Borno State are likely to die if they do not urgently receive adequate assistance.
In Yemen, the June IPC has found that over 14 million people are in Crisis or Emergency. Food prices have risen due to currency devaluation and insecurity, while incomes have been disrupted by displacement and power cuts.
Since January 2014, 4 million people have been displaced in Iraq. WFP monitoring indicates that food security deteriorated from February to May. As of May, 31 percent of IDPs and returnees have poor or borderline food consumption.
The number of people in need of assistance in Syria has risen from 8.7 million in September 2015 to 9.4 million in June 2016. A high proportion of households in Aleppo city report being food insecure.