West Africa facing its worst food crisis
Part of: Prelims and GS II – International Relations
Context: Nearly a dozen international organisations said in a report that West Africa is facing its worst food crisis in a decade due to increasing conflicts, droughts, floods and the war in Ukraine.
Key highlights of the report
- The number of West Africans needing emergency food assistance has nearly quadrupled from 7 million in 2015 to 27 million this year in nations including Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mali and Nigeria, where thousands have also been displaced because of rising Islamic extremist violence.
- The number could jump to 38 million by June if action isn’t taken soon to help people in the Sahel, the sweeping region south of the Sahara Desert.
News Source: TH