Africa tops global hunger in­dex, driven by war

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ROME: Global hunger has fallen more than a quar­ter since 2000, but con­flict and cli­mate shocks are be­gin­ning to re­verse these gains, an an­nual global hunger in­dex said.

Nearly half of the 119 coun­tries sur­veyed had “se­ri­ous”, “alarm­ing” or “ex­tremely alarm­ing” hunger lev­els be­tween 2012 and last year, with war-torn Cen­tral African Repub­lic worst af­fected, fol­lowed by Chad, Sierra Leone, Mada­gas­car and Zam­bia.

“Con­flict and cli­mate-re­lated shocks are at the heart of this prob­lem,” said Do­minic MacSor­ley, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Con­cern, which com­piled the re­port along with the In­ter­na­tional Food Pol­icy Re­search In­sti­tute and Welthunger­hilfe.

About half of the pop­u­la­tions in the hun­gri­est coun­tries were short of food, it said.

South Su­dan and So­ma­lia, which are at risk of re­newed famine, were among 13 coun­tries ex­cluded from the in­dex be­cause of lack of data.

The UN said last month that global hunger lev­els have risen for the first time in more than a decade, now af­fect­ing 11% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion – or 815 mil­lion peo­ple.

Famine struck parts of South Su­dan ear­lier this year, and there is a high risk that it could re­turn there – and de­velop in other coun­tries hit by con­flict: north­east Nige­ria, So­ma­lia and Ye­men. – Reuters

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