Paris — The food security of about 124-million people worldwide was under acute threat at the end of last year, mostly because of worsening conflicts and drought, the UN and EU said Thursday. The worst food crises in 2017 were in north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan, "where nearly 32-million people were food-insecure and in need of urgent assistance", the two organisations said in an annual report on food crises. "Conflicts and climate-related shocks have recently sent levels of world hunger marching back up, following decades of steady decline." The figure of 124-million is 15% higher than the number in 2016. "No world region has been untouched. Throughout Africa, the Middle East and in parts of South Asia, conflict and insecurity have undermined food security," the report said. "Likewise, persistent drought in the Horn of Africa, floods in Asia, and hurricanes in Latin America and the Caribbean have all contributed to the spread and intensification of hunger." Loo...

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