UN announces $ 100 million to fight hunger in 6 African countries and Yemen
I am allocating US $ 100 million from UNCERF Fight hunger in 7 countries.
The spillover effects of the war in Ukraine are pushing the most vulnerable people closer to the drought.
These funds will enable our agencies and partners to increase critical performance and save lives.
- Martin Griffiths (RUNReliefChief) April 14, 2022
The money will enable UN agencies and their partners to provide critical assistance, including food, cash, nutrition assistance, medical services, shelter and clean water.
Projects will also be designed to help women and girls who face additional risks due to the crisis.
“Hundreds of thousands of children go to bed hungry every night when their parents are sick about how to feed them. The mid-war around the world makes their prospects worse. This allocation will save lives.” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said.
Is making the situation worse
CERF funding will support humanitarian operations with $ 30 million for the Horn of Africa divided between Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Another $ 20 million will go to Yemen, while Sudan will receive the same amount. Like Nigeria, South Sudan will be allocated 15 million.
Food insecurity in these countries is being driven primarily by armed conflict, famine and economic upheaval, and the conflict in Ukraine is exacerbating the situation.
The war broke out on February 24 and disrupted food and energy markets, leading to rising food and fuel prices.
Earlier this month, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)FAO) Reported that global food prices were at “a new all-time high”, reaching levels not seen since 1990.
Millions are starving
Humanitarians measure the level of food insecurity using a five-point scale known as the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC).
Phase 5 is a situation in which “levels of starvation, death, destitution, and extremely severe malnutrition are evident.” Drought is declared when hunger and mortality cross certain thresholds.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, approximately 161,000 people in Yemen are expected to face a catastrophic Phase 5 catastrophe by the middle of the year. OCHA.
In South Sudan, 55,000 people could already experience it, while another 81,000 in Somalia could face it if the rains fail, prices continue to rise and aid is not increased.
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Meanwhile, about 4.5 million people in Sudan, Nigeria and Kenya are already facing levels of famine crisis, or will soon – IPC Phase 4. Amid its worst drought in recent history, CERF funding will also boost response in Ethiopia.
And Secretary-General Antonio Guterres This week warned that the Ukraine conflict has created a “global and systemic crisis” in the food, energy and financial sectors.
The crisis threatens to push 1.7 billion people globally or more than one-fifth of the world into poverty, destitution and hunger.
Mr Guterres was speaking at the launch of a new UN report outlining measures to limit the impact, such as increased aid and fertilizer supplies, debt relief and the release of strategic food and fuel reserves.
The CERF was established in 2005 to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance whenever and wherever an emergency arises.
More than 130 UN member states, including observers, private individuals, fund a range of donor contributions, providing more than $ 8 billion over the years.
In the last six months, CERF has allocated more than $ 170 million to address growing food insecurity in some countries, including new funding countries.