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Afghanistan among global hunger hotspots: UN report

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KABUL: A new United Nations report has found that Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar are among the hunger hotspots in the world, warning of increasing acute food insecurity in these countries.

The report said Afghanistan and several African countries remain at the highest concern level.

Deepening economic shocks continue to drive low- and middle-income nations deeper into crisis, according to Hunger Hotspots – FAO-WFP early warnings on acute food insecurity issued May 29th.

The report called for urgent humanitarian action is needed to save lives and livelihoods and prevent starvation and death in hotspots where acute hunger is at a high risk of worsening from June to November 2023.

Acute food insecurity can potentially increase in magnitude and severity for 18 areas in 22 countries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). 

These countries have populations facing or projected to face starvation or are at risk of deterioration towards catastrophic conditions, given they already have critical food insecurity and are facing severe aggravating factors. These countries require the most urgent attention. 

Many of these countries are already in the grips of underfunded and protracted refugee crises, compounded by social, political and economic stressors, the report said.

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