Famine looms in Horn of Africa after four seasons of poor rains, agencies say
Insufficient rainfall has destroyed crops, killed livestock and forced huge numbers of people to leave their homes in search of food and water.
Sharp jump in number of people facing famine, says UN
The jump to 45 million from 42 million people earlier in the year was largely down to a food security assessment that found another three million people facing famine in Afghanistan.
People living in famine-like conditions rose sixfold in 2020, says rights group
Oxfam calculates that 11 people a minute are likely dying from acute hunger, compared to seven people a minute from Covid-19.
North Korea facing ‘harsh lean period’, says UN food body
North Korea is projected to produce a 'near-average level' of 5.6 million tonnes of grain this year, around 1.1 million tonnes short of the amount needed to feed its entire population.
Sanctions, food shortages raise fears of North Korean famine
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for another 'arduous march', echoing the phrase used to describe the nineties famine when starving citizens were forced to eat tree bark to stay alive.
UN sees emergency aid needs exploding due to pandemic
For the first time since the 1990s, extreme poverty is set to rise, life expectancy will fall and the annual death toll from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria could potentially double.