Saving Livelihoods saves lives - #UNFAO #FightingFamine in #Nigeria, #Somalia, #SouthSudan & #Yemen

May 2017

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Conflict is the common thread across the four affected countries. FAO is working with WFP in these emergency zones to prevent famine spreading further.

For example, in South Sudan, FAO and WFP are part of an inter-agency rapid response that is bringing life-saving food, fishing and vegetable-growing kits, and other emergency services to hard-to-reach communities gripped by famine. In northeastern Nigeria, the two agencies are collaborating to ensure people facing hunger receive both food assistance to meet their immediate needs and food production assistance to grow their own food. Food production kits cost less than $90 but can provide enough food for a family of eight for six months.