The country director said the food crisis is very urgent and is happening in a country that lost 260,000 people in 2011, half of whom died before the official declaration of famine.
Concern – which has been responding to food and other humanitarian emergencies since 1968 – said 19.5 million people face severe food insecurity in four countries, Somalia (6.2 million), Ethiopia (5.6 million), Kenya (2.7 million) and South Sudan (5 million). Many children in these countries are suffering from severe malnutrition.
Without a massive scale up of humanitarian assistance, it is estimated that in those four countries alone, 35 million people will be unable to meet their daily food consumption needs by July this year.
Concern recently published a report about tackling the root causes of food crises, called Breaking the Cycle, which found that many crises “are predictable” with forecast and data tools that “provide warning of a developing food crisis, creating a crucial window of opportunity to act and lessen its impact on the most vulnerable”.
However, the report said: