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FAO assesses that 45 countries are in need of external assistance for food!


FAO assesses that 45 countries, including 33 in Africa, nine in Asia, two in Latin America and the Caribbean, and one in Europe, are in need of external assistance for food. Conflicts in Near East Asia and in West and East Africa are driving alarmingly high levels of the most severe phase of acute food insecurity, while widespread dry weather conditions are expected to aggravate acute food insecurity in Southern Africa. 

Regional Highlights
AFRICA Widespread rainfall shortages and high temperatures in North Africa and Southern Africa are anticipated to cause production declines in 2024, with crops to be harvested in the next months. A better rainfall performance in East Africa supported cereal production upturns in 2023, except in the Sudan where the conflict caused a sharp reduction. In West Africa, most countries registered above average harvests owing to generally favourable weather conditions. 

ASIA Large plantings and conducive weather conditions are underpinning favourable production prospects for the 2024 wheat output in Far East Asian countries. Mixed conditions prevailed in Near East Asian countries, and sustained rainfall is needed to improve the wheat production prospects in 2024, while early seasonal rainfall deficits are impairing potential yields in Central Asia.

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN In South America, areas of adverse weather conditions have curtailed 2024 maize production prospects in Brazil, although an above average harvest is still expected. Maize outputs are set to recover in 2024 in Argentina and Uruguay following dry weather reduced 2023 harvests. In Central America and the Caribbean, worsening insecurity undermined agricultural production in Haiti; in Mexico, dry weather conditions resulted in a decline in 2024 wheat plantings.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

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