Old woman with eggs in her hand.
Women in Damascus, Syria. Millions of people in the NENA region are suffering from food insecurity.
Photo: © FAO/Louai Beshara

21.05.2019

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Conflicts, the main drivers of food insecurity in the Near East and North Africa, are also undermining rural transformation efforts and widening rural-urban gaps. Inadequate rural transformation hampers efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030, FAO warns.

Hunger in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have spread and worsened since 2011, the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO) warned in May 2019. 52 million people in the region are estimated to be suffering from chronic undernourishment.

Conflict continues to be the main driver of hunger across the region. More than two-thirds of hungry people in the NENA region - approximately 34 million people - live in conflict-affected countries, compared to 18 million hungry people in countries that are not impacted directly by conflict. Stunting, wasting and undernutrition are also far worse in conflict countries than in other countries.

The region is not facing just a hunger crisis, for some of the highest rates of obesity are also found in countries within the region, putting pressure on people’s health, lifestyles and the national health systems and economies.

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