The 2020 Global Report on Food Crises released on Thursday shows that the number of people in need of emergency food assistance in Kenya increased throughout 2019 from an estimated 1.1 million in February to 1.6 million in May and 2.6 million by July.

According to the report, 135 million people globally faced acute food insecurity in 2019.

“Of this number, 20 per cent, or 27.6 million people, resided in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region in East Africa,” the report indicated.

Workneh Gebeyehu, IGAD executive secretary, said the worst-hit countries in the region were Ethiopia with eight million people, South Sudan with seven million and Sudan with 5.9 million people.

He said acute food insecurity was highest in South Sudan, where 61 per cent of the analysed population was in the crisis phase followed by Ethiopia (27 per cent), Kenya at (22 per cent), Somalia (17 per cent) and Sudan (14 per cent).

“Acute food insecurity levels across the IGAD region have steadily increased since 2016. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of people in need of urgent food assistance increased by two per cent, or about 650,000 people, largely driven by rising numbers of acutely food-insecure people in South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. The numbers were stable in Ethiopia and decreased in Sudan and Somalia,” he said.

In August 2019, the World Food Programme said rapid population growth, climate change, stagnating agricultural production, gender inequalities and under-performing food systems pose significant challenges to food and nutrition security.

Nearly 3.1 million Kenyans are food insecure, according to a food crisis report.

The 2020 Global Report on Food Crises released on Thursday shows that the number of people in need of emergency food assistance in Kenya increased throughout 2019 from an estimated 1.1 million in February to 1.6 million in May and 2.6 million by July.

According to the report, 135 million people globally faced acute food insecurity in 2019. “Of this number, 20 per cent, or 27.6 million people, resided in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region in East Africa,” the report indicated.

Workneh Gebeyehu, IGAD executive secretary, said the worst-hit countries in the region were Ethiopia with eight million people, South Sudan with seven million and Sudan with 5.9 million people.

He said acute food insecurity was highest in South Sudan, where 61 per cent of the analysed population was in the crisis phase followed by Ethiopia (27 per cent), Kenya at (22 per cent), Somalia (17 per cent) and Sudan (14 per cent).

“Acute food insecurity levels across the IGAD region have steadily increased since 2016. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of people in need of urgent food assistance increased by two per cent, or about 650,000 people, largely driven by rising numbers of acutely food-insecure people in South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. The numbers were stable in Ethiopia and decreased in Sudan and Somalia,” he said.

In August 2019, the World Food Programme said rapid population growth, climate change, stagnating agricultural production, gender inequalities and under-performing food systems pose significant challenges to food and nutrition security.

 

 

 

 

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