WFP Donates Aid to African Countries Affected by El Niño

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Approximately $409 million (€378 million) is needed immediately for WFP to support these 4.8 million people in the three most affected countries,

Some 4.8 million people in the African countries of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been severely affected by the historic drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Tuesdaywhich called on the international community to help them avoid food insecurity.

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“Approximately $409 million (€378 million) is needed immediately for WFP to support these 4.8 million people in the three most affected countries,” the United Nations programme warned in a statement.

With this appeal, WFP seeks to avoid food insecurity in these countries following severe rainfall shortages and above-average temperatures across the southern African region.

These extreme conditions, caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon, have led to the destruction of 50% of the expected harvest in Malawi and Zambia and 80% in Zimbabwe, according to WFP field teams.

Bizo’s family no longer has to rely on humanitarian assistance to get through the lean season in #Niger.

During a time when food stocks typically run low and before the next harvest is ready, resilience programmes ensure communities have the means to cope.

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“Household granaries are empty and corn, the region’s largest crop and the most common source of calories, is no longer available to many people,” WFP said.

In addition, the situation is expected to worsen, given the shortage of production and the decrease in supply, with other countries in the area added to the list of affected as the severity of the crisis becomes known.

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