Food insecurity is worsening in West and Central Africa

(Crux. Ngala Killian Chimtom).

As the specter of hunger looms over West and Central Africa, Catholic agencies are rallying to address a crisis hitting millions. During the lean season, which spans from June to August, food insecurity is projected to escalate to critical levels in several countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria. A report from Cadre Harmonisé says nearly 52 million people are likely to be affected by acute food and nutrition insecurity nutrition insecurity, Wilson Kipkoech, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Nigeria’s Emergency Coordinator, told Crux that the report was “accurate and particularly concerning for Nigeria.”

He said the worsening food insecurity will increase the number of persons in critical phases of Food and Nutrition Insecurity by 16.4 percent, reaching over 30 million people, “unless urgent immediate food assistance, emergency agriculture and midterm resilience rebuilding interventions are implemented.” According to the World Food Program, the incidence of food insecurity in West and Central Africa has quadrupled since 2019. In comparison to the same period last year, an additional 4 million people are now at risk of food insecurity. This alarming trend is particularly concerning for children under the age of five, who are disproportionately affected.

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