FAO Predicts Food Insecurity to Hit 38.3m People by August 

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has said food insecurity is projected to hit an unprecedented 38.3 million between June and August 2022, if humanitarian interventions are not scaled up. 

The agency added that an estimated 27.3 million people in West Africa are facing acute food insecurity between March and May 2022. 

FAO in its recent Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) Special Alert report said the alarming high level of food insecurity was due to localized shortfalls in cereal production in 2021, worsening conflicts, high food prices and macroeconomic challenges compounded by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to the report, the number of food insecure people could increase above initial projections in the second half of 2022, saying spikes in food and fuel prices, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, are likely to worsen access to food. 

Also, it highlighted the aggravating risk factors to food insecurity to include; the high prices of agricultural inputs, notably fertilizers, persisting insecurity and forecast localised unfavourable weather conditions that could have additional negative impacts on agricultural production.

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