Monitoring food security in countries with conflict situations (Issue No. 8 - April 2021)

Monitoring food security in countries with conflict situations (Issue No. 8 - April 2021)
Apr 2021

This is the eighth update of the Monitoring Food Security in Countries with Conflict Situations, a twice‑yearly report on acute food insecurity in countries affected by conflict that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have jointly produced for the members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) since June 2016.

This issue provides an update of the acute food insecurity situation in major food crises where conflict and insecurity are a primary driver of acute food insecurity. It also briefly describes other key food insecurity drivers (including indirect impacts from the coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19]), and how conflict and insecurity frequently interlink with – and sometimes exacerbate – them.

The present update covers nineteen countries and territories that are experiencing extremely grave hunger caused by protracted conflict and insecurity as reported in the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC). The update also spotlights the situation in Burkina Faso, northern Nigeria and South Sudan where there have been sharp conflict‑related increases in acute food insecurity, flagging where constraints on humanitarian access to food insecure populations have been documented and there is evidence of conflict‑specific food system damage.

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