New Telegraph – January 26, 2018
Following unprecedented food assistance needs in 2017 and little improvement being anticipated in 2018, Nigeria and 44 countries may require emergency food assistance in 2018. This was contained in a report from Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).
Given that no improvement in underlying conditions is expected in these 45 countries, the provision of humanitarian assistance will be a primary determinant of whether Famine is averted, the report stated. It said that an estimated 76 million people are expected to require emergency food assistance during 2018. It explained that Governments, international agencies, donors, and other stakeholders should make all possible efforts to resolve conflict, ensure humanitarian access, and provide timely, multi-sectoral assistance to prevent large-scale loss of life.
Particularly, the study noted that conflict will be the primary driver of food security emergencies during 2018 including in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. “In these countries, on-going insecurity will continue to disrupt livelihoods, limit trade and market functioning, displace households, and hinder the delivery of humanitarian assistance,” stated the report. “Poor rainfall and its impact on crop and livestock production will also contribute to a high level of need in some countries.