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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

240m worldwide face food stress - Report

Some 240 million people across 70 countries globally are in a food stress situation, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Revelation of this came as part of the Phase 2 of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), NaijaAgroNet reports that with the current classification covers 70 countries affected by a food crisis in 2015, including chronically vulnerable countries at or above Phase 2 of the study.

In addition, the report indicated that some 80 million people are in food crisis as at January 2016.
While nearly half of those people are located in countries affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

Speaking at the 
World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the World Food Progamme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, said the initiative will provide the best food security data to stakeholders. 

The summit, NaijaAgroNet reports, came to life as a network to achieve joint global food-security assessments and joint responses to food crises.

These include the phenomena such as El Niño, was launched in Istanbul Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The Global Network for Food Insecurity, Risk Reduction and Food Crises Response, NaijaAgroNet gathered, would pave the way for enhancing the impact of future responses to food crises at the global level by regularly producing, in real time, joint reports based on key analyses and containing timely response options.

According to FAO, this will prompt coordination among stakeholders and promote joint planning and joint responses to food crises, in addition, to improving learning from past crises and increase the level of transparency and availability of crucial analysis of global needs. 

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