ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than 56 million people in 17 countries affected by prolonged conflicts are struggling to feed themselves, trapped in a “vicious” cycle of violence and hunger, two United Nations agencies said on Friday.
Farmers are unable to grow their crops or tend to their livestock, a key source of income in many conflict-hit areas.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said there were 17 countries where violence has significantly affected access to food.
They listed them as Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Haiti, Colombia and Afghanistan.
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