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Congo, Nigeria Are Among Worst Hotspots for Hunger

Farmers herd their cattle at a farm on the outskirts of Sokoto, northern Nigeria. Agriculture workers in the region are dealing with violent organized crime gangs seeking to extort money from farmers.
Farmers herd their cattle at a farm on the outskirts of Sokoto, northern Nigeria. Agriculture workers in the region are dealing with violent organized crime gangs seeking to extort money from farmers.Photographer: LUIS TATO/AFP

The Democratic Republic of Congo is emerging as the country with the world’s largest food crisis in terms of absolute numbers.

About 21.8 million people in the nation are acutely food insecure, new figures from the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization show. The staggering figure underscores how the fallout from the pandemic is driving up hunger in countries that were already gripped by crisis.