The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen has closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula, a move that will likely worsen the humanitarian crisis there.
International migration has surged in recent years, touching 244 million individuals in 2015, while forced displacement reached a record high, with 65.3 million individuals displaced worldwide by the end 2015.
The proportion of undernourished people living in countries in conflict and protracted crises is almost three times higher than that in other developing countries.
The director-general of FAO launched a new appeal for voluntary contributions that are vital if lives are to be saved and the current situation of famine tackled.
Some 6.7 million people in Yemen are classified in phase 4 on an international scale of food security, with phase 5 constituting a famine.
Nearly half of South Sudan’s population could be severely food insecure and at risk of death in the coming months because of the avoidable acts of civil war in a land of plenty.
Sri Lanka is heading towards one of its worst droughts in 30 years, which in the long-term could lead to land degradation and seriously impact the country’s economy.
Up to eight million Yemenis are severely food insecure while another two million are facing food insecurity at emergency levels, just one phase below famine.
Wheat output dropped from an average 3.4 million metric tonnes, harvested before the war began in 2011, to 1.5 million this year.
Aid agencies say up to 15,000 people, believed to be mostly Rohingya Muslims, have been displaced since armed men launched coordinated attacks on three posts along the northwestern border with Bangladesh on October 9th.
“He was martyred while in hospital as a result of the same bombardment that their house was subjected to,” according to a local council spokesman of Aleppo.
Analysts say the recent violence threatens to plunge South Sudan back into a state of civil war.
Syria’s opposition has warned the government may open the door just enough to defuse international pressure before restricting access again.
The US is urging Russia to push the Syrian government to allow humanitarian access to besieged areas.