Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), December 2017
Strong cereal harvests are keeping global food supplies buoyant, but localised drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity. Some 37 countries, 29 of which are in Africa, require external assistance for food, according to the report. Ongoing conflicts continue to be a key driver of severe food insecurity, having triggered near-famine conditions in northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as widespread hunger in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and Syria. Adverse weather conditions are taking their toll on farm food outputs in some regions, notably due to drought in East Africa and floods in parts of Asia.