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Wednesday Oct 14 2020
Web Desk

‘Dangerously inadequate’ funding for world’s worst hunger spots: Oxfam

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In this file photo taken on Feb,06, a woman balances a reed basket bearing her child on her head as she stands with fellow villagers in systemic queues as they wait to receive food rations at a village in Ayod county, South Sudan, where World Food Programme (WFP) have just carried out a food drop of grain and supplementary aid. -AFP

The world’s response to global food insecurity has been “dangerously inadequate”, said Oxfam in a new report.

The report, titled “Later Will Be Too Late”, states that in five countries - Yemen, DRC, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Somalia – where severe hunger continues to increase, donors have not donated any money for the “Covid-related nutrition assistance” part of the United Nation’s $10.34 billion humanitarian appeal launched in March.

It adds that more than 55 million people in the seven worst-affected countries, which include the five named as well Afghanistan and South Sudan, face severe-to-extreme levels of food insecurity.

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“There are now famine-like conditions in some parts of South Sudan and Burkina Faso,” Oxfam states, while hunger levels in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo are “worse than in 2017.”

“Three years ago, following an extraordinary food crisis, the international community rallied in the promise we would never see these levels of hunger again,” said Oxfam International’s Interim Executive director, Chema Vera. “And yet here we are again, with relative indifference.”

The UN has divided its humanitarian appeal into “COVID” and “non-COVID”-related needs.

“2020 is a perfect storm – we know that – but our primary aim must surely be to help keep people alive,” Vera said

Oxfam also added that in July it had warned the world of more people dying from Covid-related hunger than from the disease itself.