Conflict and climate change push 224 million Africans into hunger


The number of hungry people in sub-Saharan Africa rose by 10% to 224 million in 2016, largely due to conflict and climate change, the United Nations said.

Swathes of Africa were hit by prolonged drought and floods over the last year, worsened by lower commodity prices and a sluggish global economy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Hunger is at least twice as prevalent in countries with long-running conflicts than in peaceful nations, it said.

Famine struck parts of South Sudan in 2017 while warnings were sounded in Nigeria and Somalia.

Africa is vulnerable to climate change due to poverty and reliance on rain-fed agriculture, experts say.

Global hunger levels rose in 2016 for the first time in more than a decade to 815 million people or 11% of the world’s population.