“Climate extremes drove more than twice as many people into acute food insecurity last year than the year before.As the #ClimateCrisis tightens its grip, needs will only increase.
Climate extremes drove more than twice as many people into acute food insecurity last year than the year before.
As the #ClimateCrisis tightens its grip, needs will only increase.
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Food Crisis Global Report
1. The Report
As per the report, the food crisis has worsened for a record fourth time over the last century. The figures have also almost doubled in the last year.
However, the reason for this is the contribution due to changes in the geopolitics in Asia and Africa. Moreover, another cause as mentioned in the report is also climate change and associated issues.
As per the reports 258 million had acute food shortage. This number is moreover spread across 58 countries.
But the worrisome part of the report is the fact that 65 additional million people have been suffering from hunger. Also, it has spread into 5 more countries in comparison with 2021 reports.
Moreover, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Congo, and Yemen are the worst affected. 40 percent of the food crisis of the world exists in these countries.
Additionally, the report also states that 35 million children are suffering from acute malnourishment with the majority of them being less than 5 years old.
The main reason for the increase in the figures is the economic decline in the previous years. Let us discover the main causatives of the increased statistics viz 2021.
3.1. Economic shocks
Economic shocks and ripples are the main cause of hunger in as many as 28 countries. The COVID economic breakdown may have passed but poor nations are still fighting for recovery.
Additionally, the prolonged war Between Russia and Ukraine has caused inflation in poor countries. This inflation is due to a reduction in the import of food.
Conflicts continue at various locations throughout the world. However, the people in the conflict-affected areas are the worst affected.
The lack of resources and food has increased the numbers in the report. As per the report, 24 countries have either internal disturbance or exterior aggression that has resulted in 139 million suffering from hunger.
3.3. Climate Changes
Climate change and unpredictability have pushed many farmers into loss and thereby reducing the food security of the country.
Moreover, the report blames climate change as the main reason for an increase in the numbers. Additionally, as per statistics, climate change-induced hunger has doubled in one year.
Food security and hunger are mutually related. The report however also has numerous positives such as increased food security in Qatar and UAE. Not withstanding let us all pledge not to waste food and help the needy.