2021 IGAD Regional Report on Food Crises
We are pleased to share with you the 2021 IGAD Regional Report on Food Crises. The report is a by-product of the annual Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC 2021), which is facilitated by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) with contributions from various partners at global, regional, and national levels, including members of FSNWG.
- The magnitude and severity of food crises worsened in 2020 as conflict and insecurity, macro-economic shocks and the socio-economic effects of COVID-19, and weather extremes exacerbated pre-existing fragilities.
- At least 31.4 million people in seven of the eight IGAD member states (excluding Eritrea), faced Crisis or worse (IPC Phase 3 or above) levels of acute food insecurity in 2020. This figure represents 20 percent of the global 155 million people that faced high levels of acute food insecurity in the year.
- Three countries in the region were among the 10 worst global food crises in 2020 - the Sudan with 9.6 million people in Crisis or worse (IPC Phase or above) levels of acute food insecurity, Ethiopia with 8.6 million people, and South Sudan with 6.5 million people. These three countries accounted for nearly 79 percent of the IGAD region’s population in Crisis or worse (IPC Phase 3 or above) levels of acute food insecurity.
- Across six of the IGAD countries, 6.8 million people were in Emergency (IPC Phase 4), with the highest numbers in the Sudan (2.2 million people), followed by South Sudan (1.7 million people) and Ethiopia (1.4 million people).
- As of December 2020, the region hosted over 4.2 million refugees and asylum seekers, and around 9.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), the majority of whom faced heightened levels of acute food insecurity and malnutrition because of their limited livelihood options and assets.
- At any point in time in 2020 across the eight IGAD member states, an estimated 3.5 million children under the age of 5 years were wasted, 900 000 of them severely so, with the highest numbers in Ethiopia, the Sudan, and South Sudan.
- Forecasts point to a grim outlook, with an estimated 36.7-37.2 million people in the analysed countries expected to be in Crisis or worse (IPC Phase 3 or above) levels of acute food insecurity in 2021.
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