To ramp up support, the United Nations on Monday convened a high-level event, calling for international action, before it is too late.
Close to half a million people are experiencing famine-like conditions (IPC phase 5, under the official classification) in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen. In recent months, vulnerable populations in Burkina Faso and Nigeria have also been subjected to these same conditions.
In addition, 41 million people worldwide face emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC 4), only one slip away from the edge of famine, representing a 50 per cent increase in just two years.
Millions more are experiencing crisis levels of acute food insecurity (IPC 3) and are at real risk of rapid deterioration.