More than 20 million people risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned last week.
Conflicts in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in Somalia has ruined the agricultural economy.
In Yemen and South Sudan, economic collapse means people simply cannot afford the food that is available. In Nigeria’s Borno state, where millions of people have fled Boko Haram militants, commerce and markets have been disrupted, leaving people dependent on an overwhelmed emergency aid system.
FRANCE 24 spoke to the WFP’s Deputy Director Peter Smerdon about what can be done to address the famines.
FRANCE 24: What can be done to prevent the situation from escalating?
WFP: At this point, you have to get food and other assistance to the people in need. We try to do that through the parties involved in …