The United Nations food agency says it needs more funding over the next twelve months to undertake humanitarian relief efforts in seven southern African countries hit hard by a blistering drought, the El Nino.
According to Reuters, the UN agency said it needed $730 million for its activities whiles revealing that it faced a $610 million shortfall in funding.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reported that 10 African countries are affected by the El Nino drought across Africa. In southern Africa; Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Swaziland are all ‘high priority’ countries as per the FAO’s evaluation.
In the horn of Africa however, Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan are also listed in the same category.
— FAO Newsroom (@FAOnews) July 6, 2016
According to the UN Humanitarian office, an estimated 60 million people worldwide find it difficult feeding themselves as a result of the El-Nino phenomenon but the situation has become critical for half of the figure, charging that the situation could worsen in the second part of this year.
El Nino is a climate phenomenon which occurs every 4 or 5 years. It is caused by abnormally warm currents in the western tropical Pacific ocean and has a devastating impact on harvests and food security.