The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund has budgeted $100 million to tackle extreme hunger in seven countries, namely Nigeria, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Yemen. According to the Guardian, the latest official food security assessments and projections revealed that some 5.1 million people are at risk of starvation in the affected states during the next lean season covering June to August 2021. Projections for next year’s lean season – a time when farmers virtually run out of produce ahead of harvest – showed a marginal increase of about 20 percent exposure to hunger, compared to the 4.3 million food-insecure people projected in June 2020 at the peak of the novel coronavirus.