Food Insecurity: Nigeria Among Top 5 African Countries At Risk Of Hunger


Food insecurity remains a significant global issue, affecting millions of people worldwide who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Particularly, several African nations are grappling with this problem, leaving their populations vulnerable to the devastating consequences of poverty and starvation.

According to the 2023 Mid-Year Update of the Global Report on Food Crises by the World Bank, approximately 238 million people across 48 countries are experiencing acute food and nutrition insecurity. This number has increased by 22 million compared to 2022.

Among the top 5 African countries facing acute food insecurity are:

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a staggering 25.8 million people.

Nigeria, the most populous African country, closely follows with 24.9 million people.

Sudan ranks third on the list, with 20.3 million people.

Ethiopia, known for its rich culture and diverse landscapes, is home to nearly 19.99 million people lacking access to food.

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, ranks ninth globally with 7.8 million affected.

In total, 70 percent of individuals facing acute food insecurity globally are concentrated in the following 10 countries: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Somalia.

The situation in these countries is deeply concerning, with millions at risk of starvation, and it continues to worsen. The international community must increase efforts to help these nations address the underlying causes of food insecurity, such as conflict, displacement, and climate change.

Severe food insecurity hampers development in many African nations, necessitating a combination of immediate aid and long-term solutions. Global support should aim for lasting change and security.

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