The world is said to be at risk of widespread famines “of biblical proportions”.
This is according to the United Nations which warned that the famines would be caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Head of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, asserted that urgent action was needed to avoid a catastrophe.
According to the BBC, a report, described as the fourth annual global report on food crises estimates that the number suffering from hunger could go from 135 million to more than 250 million.
The WFP noted that those most at risk are in 10 countries.
They are reportedly affected by conflict, economic crisis, and climate change.
The annual report mentioned Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and Haiti as the 10 countries that are at risk of crisis, especially the food crisis.
In South Sudan, 61% of the population was affected by the food crisis last year, the report says.
Even before the pandemic hit, some parts of East Africa and South Asia were already facing severe food shortages caused by drought.
This include decade – old terrible locust infestations.