Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan are facing severe famines, affecting millions of people among them children. Today, aid for these countries means more than just delivering sacks of grain to vulnerable remote areas.Superfood is a new way to fight famine “There is a huge number of crises in the world, and to have four countries on the brink of famine at the same time is unprecedented,” says Denise Brown, director of emergencies at the World Food Programme (WFP), in The Guardian. The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.People struck by the famine still receive basic food stocks, such as sorghum, pulses and vegetable oil. But at the same time, new material is being delivered, consisting of two main kinds of specialized nutrition products.One is super cereal, a fortified blend of maize and soya flour. This food is developed for young children and other vulnerable groups such as pregnant and nursing women. The other range of products is the peanut-based pastes designed to prevent malnutrition and treat starving children by giving them essential nutrients. Two examples of these pastes are Plumpy’Sup and Plumpy’Nut, dubbed the 21st century’s true superfoods.Even though Plumpy’Sup is usually given to children under the age of two, WFP’s distributions have been expanded to include all children under five in north-eastern Nigeria due to the severity of the situation there, Brown says.