Violent conflict exacerbated drought-related food insecurity between 2009 and 2019 in sub-Saharan Africa

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    West and Central Africa – Food Security Highlights, May 2021 – Nigeria


    Over 31 million people are projected to be in acute need of food assistance this coming season (June to August 2021), a 28 per cent increase from the same period last year.[1] Of this, over 5.4 million are children suffering from acute malnutrition within the Sahel. This is a 20 per cent increase in a year, or since before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Child malnutrition is likely to increase as food insecurity rises in the upcoming lean season this year.[2]

    The key drivers of acute food insecurity are a complex mix of chronic poverty, worsening violence and

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    Southern Africa Food and Nutrition Security Working Group (FNSWG) Quarterly Bulletin – 03 June 2021 issue 01 and 02 – Democratic Republic of the Congo


    • Average to above.average rainfall improved water crop and pasture conditions catalysing agricultural and pastoral opportunities in most parts of the region, increasing the above-average harvest in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and parts of Mozambique.

    • Five out of 16 weather systems made landfall during the 2020/2021 Cyclone Season. Over 500,000 people were affected and over 219,000 fanning hectares were compromised during the last cyclone season, mostly in Mozambique, but also in Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Malawi, Botswana South Africa.

    • 1.14 million people in Madagascar are projected to be food insecure (IPC 3 or above) in April-September 2021, with an

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