Some 41 million people in 43 countries are at imminent risk of famine, with nearly 600,000 others in four countries already experiencing famine-like conditions, the World Food Programme has warned. Al Jazeera quotes the WFP, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, as saying that about 9 percent of the world’s population, equivalent to nearly 690 million people, go to bed hungry each night. After declining for several decades, world hunger has been on the rise since 2016, driven by conflict and climate change, the agency said, explaining that in 2019, 27 million people were already on the brink of famine but since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been added to the mix.