2017 Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa
The 2017 edition of this annual publication highlights how the intensification of violence is opening a wide "hunger gap" between countries being affected by conflicts and those that are not. In NENA countries directly impacted by conflict, 27.2 percent of all people were chronically hungry or undernourished during the 2014-16 period - six times higher than the share of the population that was undernourished in countries not affected by strife (4.6 percent, on average). Meanwhile, severe food insecurity in conflict-affected countries is now double that in non-conflict countries. In Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya, violence has severely undermined food security and increased the number of people requiring food assistance.