World Briefing: 34 Countries Need Food Aid, Report Says
Thirty four countries — 27 of them in Africa — do not have enough food for their people because of conflicts, drought and flooding, according to a United Nations report issued Wednesday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Crop Prospects and Food Situation report said conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and the Central African Republic had taken a heavy toll on agricultural production, worsening the humanitarian crises in those countries. And the impact of these conflicts extends to neighboring countries that are hosting refugees, straining food resources in those countries, it said. The other countries on the list facing food shortages are Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal and North Korea.