UN: More than 100 million people at risk of starvation globally

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More than 100 million people at risk of starvation globally

The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100 million, according to the United Nations.

The world agency further warns that this number will continue to grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers.

Dominique Burgeon, director of the emergency division at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said latest studies showed 102 million people faced acute malnutrition – meaning they were on the brink of starvation

The latest studies show an almost 30 percent rise from 80 million people in 2015.The hike is mainly driven by deepening crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia.

Humanitarian agencies are now calling for more investment to help avert the situation.

Burgeon called for more investment to help people feed themselves by farming crops and livestock.

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