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Food insecurity: Nigeria among top 5 African countries at risk of hunger

Food insecurity remains a major global concern, with millions of people worldwide suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Several African countries, in particular, face it significantly leaving their populations vulnerable to the terrible effects of hunger and poverty.

According to the Global Report on Food Crises 2023 Mid-Year Update, by the World Bank, “The new Global Report on Food Crises 2023 Mid-Year Update shows that 238 million people across 48 countries face acute food and nutrition insecurity—22 million more people than in 2022”

Here are the top 5 African countries facing acute food insecurity

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Topping the list is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with a staggering 25.8 million people

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, follows closely with 24.9 million people

Sudan ranks third on the list, with 20.3 million people

Ethiopia, known for its rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes, is home to nearly 19.99 million people who do not have access to food.

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

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Overall, 70 percent of people facing acute food insecurity in the world reside in 10 countries ranked respectively Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Somalia.

The situation in these countries is alarming. Millions of people are at risk of starvation, and the situation is only getting worse. The international community must do more to help these countries address the root causes of food insecurity, such as conflict, displacement, and climate change.

Severe food insecurity affects millions in African nations, hampering development. Combining immediate aid with long-term solutions is essential, with global support aiming for lasting change and security.