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December 4th, 2017 / FAO, Italy

In sub-Saharan Africa good progress was made in reducing hunger until 2010, after which time the decline in the prevalence of undernourishment came to a halt and then rose to 22.7 percent in 2016, while the number of undernourished rose to 224.3 million. In many countries, the worsening situation in 2015 and 2016 can be attributed to adverse climatic conditions, often linked to the El Niño phenomenon, resulting in poor harvests and threatening livestock populations. Conflict, sometimes in combination with drought or floods, also contributed to severe food insecurity in several countries. Lower commodity prices and a difficult global economic environment has also contributed to the worsening food security situation. The report outlines the current situation and trends on hunger and malnutrition, presenting an overview of policy initiatives in the region as well as an analysis of the relationship between conflict and food security. Read more