U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday promised $639m in aid to feed people facing starvation because of drought and conflict in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
"With this new assistance, the United States is providing additional emergency food and nutrition assistance, life-saving medical care, improved sanitation, emergency shelter and protection for those who have been affected by conflict," USAID said in a statement. Jenkins said conflicts in all the four countries had made it difficult to reach some communities in need of food.
"We're facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two," Beasley said, describing the pledge as providing a "godsend" to the suffering millions and the global food agency fighting hunger worldwide.
The new funding brings to over $1.8bn aid promised by the U.S. for the fiscal year 2017 for the crises in the four countries, where the UN had estimated more than 30 million people needed urgent food assistance.
The WFP estimates that 109 million people around the world will need food assistance this year, up from 80 million last year, with 10 of the 13 worst-affected zones stemming from wars and "man-made" crises, Beasley said.