Food insecurity threatens communities, exacerbates conflicts and ‘no country is immune’ |

About 60 percent of the world’s undernourished people live in conflict-affected areas, he said, adding that “no country is immune.”

Conflict means hunger

Last year, most of the 140 million people suffering from acute hunger around the world lived in just ten countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – eight of which are on the council’s agenda.

“There is no doubt: When this council discusses conflict, you discuss hunger. When you make decisions about peacekeeping and political missions, you make decisions about hunger. And When you fail to reach consensus, the hungry pay a heavy priceMr. Guterres said.

Although he was pleased to announce that the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) had released $30 million to meet food security needs in Niger, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso, he said wistfully, “But it’s a drop in the ocean.”

emergency hunger levels

The Secretary-General of the United Nations expressed his concern about food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, which is experiencing the longest drought in four decades, affecting more than 18 million people, while continuing conflict and insecurity afflicts the people of Ethiopia and Somalia.

Globally, 44 million people in 38 countries are in emergency levels of hunger, known as IPC 4 – just one step away from famine.

More than half a million people in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Yemen and Madagascar are already at IPC level five: catastrophic conditions or famine.

scary new dimension

The war in Ukraine now adds a frightening new dimension to this picture of world hungersaid the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The Russian invasion has dramatically reduced food exports and increased the prices of basic foodstuffs by as much as 30 percent, threatening people in countries across Africa and the Middle East.

The leaders of Senegal, Niger and Nigeria assured Mr. Guterres that they were on the brink of destruction.

As UN humanitarian operations prepare to provide assistance, they are also suffering the impact of rising food prices, including in East Africa where the cost of food aid has increased by an average of 65 percent in the past year.

Feeding the hungry is an investment in global peace and security. Secretary-General of the United Nations

Breaking the ‘killer dynamic’

A senior UN official outlined four actions countries can take to break the “deadly dynamic of conflict and hunger,” ranging from investing in political solutions to ending conflicts, preventing new ones, and building sustainable peace.

Most of all, we need to end the war in UkraineHe called on the council to do everything in its power to “silence the guns and promote peace in Ukraine and everywhere.”

Second, he stressed the importance of protecting access to humanitarian aid and essential goods and supplies for civilians, and drew attention to the “critical role of members in demanding adherence to international humanitarian law, and pursuing accountability when it is violated.”

Third, he said, “greater coordination and leadership” is needed to mitigate the interrelated risks of food, energy and financing insecurity, while recalling that “Any meaningful solution to global food insecurity requires the reintegration of Ukrainian agricultural production and the food and fertilizer production of Russia and Belarus into global markets — despite the war.“.

Finally, it is “more imperative than ever” that donors fully fund humanitarian appeals with official development assistance.

The Secretary-General said: “Transferring it to other priorities is not an option while the world is on the brink of mass hunger… Feeding the hungry is an investment in global peace and security.”

In the world of plenty, no one should accept the death of “one child, woman, or man” of starvation, Including “members of this council‘, he finished.

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Secretary-General António Guterres addresses a Security Council meeting on conflict and food security, chaired by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (right).

crawling into starvation

The head of the World Food Program, David Beasley, has spoken extensively about the “perfect storm” driving hunger, specifically conflict, climate change and the COVID pandemic.

He noted the destabilizing dynamics in Mali, Chad, Malawi and Burkina Faso. riots and protests in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Pakistan and Peru; the conflicts in Ethiopia and Afghanistan; Drought and famine in Africa, and a ‘ring of fire around the world’ as more and more people continue to ‘walk towards famine’.

Food security is critical to peace and stability“Globally, he emphasized.

act urgently today – Head of the World Food Program

The director of the World Food Program said 276 million people are struggling to get food, and 49 million in 43 countries are “knock on the door of starvation”, which leads not only to death but “unparalleled migration” that destabilizes societies.

He said that while a “perfect storm” would drive up food prices in 2022 Food availability will be a major concern in 2023.

Mr. Beasley stressed the importance of increasing production, opening Ukraine’s ports and emptying its silos to stabilize markets and tackle the global food crisis.

“Act urgently today,” he told the council.

reverse prosperity

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Qu Dongyu, discussed the importance of people, peace, prosperity and planet earth.

Prosperity is booked all over the world“There is less food security, health security and income,” he said, while inequality is rising.

He pointed to “high rates of acute hunger globally”, with 2022 threatening to deteriorate further.

While FAO has strengthened agri-food systems to save lives and protect the livelihoods of the most vulnerable, “there is more work to be done together,” according to its top official, who described conflict as “the single biggest driver of hunger”.

protect your neighbor

while, Ukraine’s war affects the world with ‘historically high’ food and energy pricesaccording to Mr. Koo – “endangering the world’s harvest”.

He stated that we are “neighbours in this small planet village. What happens to one person affects us all” and noted the need to prevent the acceleration of acute food insecurity in the coming months and years.

We must protect people, the agri-food system and the economy from future shocks… sustainable productivity increase, [and] Enhanced ability to provide related services,” said Mr. Koo.

“Play our part”

No one needs to go hungry “if we all play our part,” he added, describing investment in agri-food systems as “more important than ever”.

Concluding his remarks with a poem in Chinese, the FAO chief said:

“The mountain is high. People depend on food to survive. We need to stay united, and work cohesively to serve millions of people around the world.”

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