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May 23rd, 2024

Pakistan: Acute Food Insecurity Situation

Approximately 8.6 million people (24 percent of the analysed population) in parts of Balochistan, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan are facing high levels of acute food insecurity between March to June 2024 with 1.6 million people in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency) and 7 million people in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis). Of the 47 rural districts analysed, 20 have between 30 and 45 percent of their populations in IPC Phase 3 or above (Crisis or worse).

The analysed districts have been severely affected by a series of climatic shocks, including the aftermath of devastating 2022 flooding and 2023 monsoon rains. In addition to climatic shocks - high food, fuel, and agricultural input prices, exacerbated by poor political and economic conditions, as well as livestock diseases and mild drought conditions in several parts of Sindh and Balochistan are also driving acute food insecurity. Urgent action is required to protect their livelihoods and reduce food consumption gaps.

The IPC acute food insecurity analysis in Pakistan covered 47 flood affected/vulnerable rural districts. These districts spread across Balochistan (21), Sindh (15), and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (11) and account for approximately 35.6 million people or 15 percent of Pakistan’s total population.
May 3rd, 2024

FEWS Net - Sudan, May 2024

Over twelve months of warfare between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) is driving a devastating
deterioration in acute food insecurity across Sudan, and parts of the country face a risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5).

Millions of people are experiencing severe hunger, and available evidence suggests high and rising levels of acute malnutrition and hunger-related mortality among internally displaced populations
May 2nd, 2024

Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Market Monitor May 2024

Harvesting of maize and soybeans in the southern hemisphere is progressing, but lack of rain earlier in the season and high temperatures have constrained yields. In the northern hemisphere, winter crops also suffered from insufficient precipitations, while spring sowing is ongoing. Globally, record-high temperatures since the latter half of 2023 reflect the influences of the strong 2023-2024 El Niño and climate change. Heat extremes will very likely continue during 2024, impacting crop development and possibly constraining the yield potential. With global temperatures at unseen levels, the impact of a potential return of La Niña on agricultural production is uncertain. La Niña events have historically led to slightly lower than average global yields for soybeans and slightly higher than average global yields for rice.
Apr 24th, 2024

Global Report on Food Crises 2024

In 2023, 281.6 million people or 21.5 percent of the analysed population faced high levels of acute food insecurity in 59 food-crisis countries/territories.
Apr 4th, 2024

Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Market Monitor April 2024

The easing of maize and wheat export prices is helping to mitigate rising freight and insurance costs associated with shipping disruptions for importers. Conversely, farmers have adapted to reduced profit margins by transitioning to alternative crops. As a result,
winter wheat plantings for harvest in 2024 decreased in Ukraine (areas under Government control), and the United States. Spring plantings might make up the decline in some countries. Similarly, there is a likelihood of a shift away from maize toward soybeans,
made more attractive by increasing crude oil prices which improve prospects for biofuels demand. Although overall crop conditions at the end of March do not raise alarm, market-driven adjustments to planting areas could impact sentiment on the global markets should significant weather events occur during the rest of the season.
Apr 2nd, 2024

IPC Alert - Bangladesh, April 2024

About 14.6 million people (20 percent of the analysed population) experienced high levels of acute food insecurity, classified in IPC Phase 3 or above (Crisis or worse) between February and March 2024. An estimated 14.3 million people are in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) and about 0.3 million people are in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency).

High inflation, coupled with repeated climatic shocks as well as reduced income opportunities are putting high pressures on the poorest households and driving acute food insecurity in the analysed population.
Apr 2nd, 2024

High food prices and climatic shocks are exacerbating acute food insecurity in Bangladesh

About 14.6 million people (20 percent of the analysed population) experienced high levels of acute food insecurity, classified in IPC Phase 3 or above (Crisis or worse) between February and March 2024. An estimated 14.3 million people are in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) and about 0.3 million people are in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency). High inflation, coupled with repeated climatic shocks as well as reduced income opportunities are putting high pressures on the poorest households and driving acute food insecurity in the analysed population. Urgent action is required to protect their livelihoods and reduce food consumption gaps. One fifth of the analysed districts were prone to natural shocks in 2023, while the majority had previously been classified between Moderate-to-Severe levels of chronic food insecurity (IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Level 3 and 4) (Source: Bangladesh Chronic Food Insecurity Situation 2019-2024 report).
Mar 29th, 2024

IPC Alert - Sudan, March 2024

The food security and nutrition situation in Sudan has deteriorated significantly amidst escalating conflict, raising major concern. The IPC analysis released in December 2023 projected that, between October 2023 and February 2024, 17.7 million people in Sudan (37% of the population) faced high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above), of which 4.9 million (10%) were in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency). The unprecedented levels of acute food insecurity recorded by the IPC in 2023 have been driven by the devastating conflict that engulfed the country.

Security threats, roadblocks and protection concerns limit both the humanitarian response and assessments. Due to data gaps in hotspot areas and connectivity challenges, the Sudan IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) has not been in a position to update the IPC analysis released in December 2023. Consequently, this alert has been developed based on the review of the latest evidence available and issued to express major concern regarding the deteriorating situation; and advocate for stakeholders to act immediately to prevent famine. Since this IPC exercise, there has been a significant escalation of the conflict among armed factions and a rise in organized violence beyond the initial IPC assumptions made in previous analyses.
Mar 26th, 2024

Kenya: Acute Food Insecurity Situation. Despite positive seasonal impacts, pockets of food insecurity persist across ASAL counties.

In the current period (February to March 2024), about 1.9 million people (12 percent of the population analysed) are classified in IPC Phase 3 or above in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL), including about 300,000 people (2 percent of the population analysed) in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency) and 1.6 million people (10 percent of the population analysed) in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis).

This marks an improvement of 15 percent of the population that has moved to less severe classifications, mainly because of the seasonal performance of the 2023 MAM (March, April and May) rains followed by OND (October, November and December) rains, a positive harvest and improved livestock production and productivity across the ASALs.