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With 34 million people a ‘step away from famine’, governments are being urged to quickly scale up action

More than 260 non-governmental organizations signed an open letter Tuesday urging governments to donate USD 5.5 billion (AUD 7.1 billion) to prevent famine from reaching 34 million people in 2021.

The sum was called for by the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in March to swiftly scale up action to avert famine.

The NGOs said donations so far this year had been a mere fraction of what was required to prevent situations from worsening in hunger hotspots around the world.

“We call on you to provide the additional $5.5 billion needed for urgent food assistance to reach more than 34 million girls, boys, women, and men around the globe who are a step away from famine,” the open letter said.

“This assistance must begin immediately and reach as directly as possible the people most in need, now, so they can take action to feed themselves today and in the future.”

The letter was penned by NGOs working with an estimated 270 million people “facing hunger, starvation or famine worldwide”.

They include Oxfam, Christian Aid, World Vision, Tearfund, Save the Children, and Care International.

“In Yemen, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Honduras, Venezuela, Nigeria, Haiti, Central African Republic, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Sudan and beyond we help people who are doing all they can to simply get through one more day,” the letter said.

“These people are not starving; they are being starved.

‘No place for famine.’

“It is human actions that are driving famine and hunger, and it is our actions that can stop the worst impacts,” the NGOs insisted.

“There is no place for famine and starvation in the 21st century. History will judge us all by the actions we take today.”

LAST MONTH, the WFP and FAO call sought to avert famine through measures including humanitarian food assistance and cash transfers.

They said the number of people experiencing acute food insecurity had remained persistently above 100 million over the previous four years.

“In 2019, the figure rose sharply to 135 million across 58 countries, driven by more conflict, climate extremes, and economic turbulence. This number has since dramatically increased, including due to the compounding effect of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the UN agencies said.

The WFP estimated that up to 270 million people were acutely food insecure or at high risk at the outset of 2021.

The FAO’s Food Price Index was 2.1 percent higher in March than in February, marking the 10th consecutive monthly rise and taking the index to its highest level since June 2014.

It was led by solid increases in the prices for vegetable oils, meat, and dairy products

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a 26-year-old government politician who enjoys bowling, running and jigsaw puzzles. She is creative and exciting, but can also be very greedy and a bit greedy.She is an australian Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a post-graduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is allergic to grasshoppers.

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