The World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are coming out with a new program Report Identify countries that are “either already starving or on the brink of disaster”.
The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization have found 19 hunger hotspots around the world, with most countries in Africa, the Middle East and even some in Central America. They called for urgent humanitarian action between October 2022 and January 2023 to avoid “heavy loss of life”.
Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen and Haiti have been described as “hotspots of paramount importance”, facing catastrophic levels of hunger.
“The world is facing a food crisis of unprecedented proportions, the largest in recent history. Millions are at risk of exacerbating hunger unless action is taken now,” said Chiara Balanche, Senior Analyst in the Analysis and Early Warning Unit at the World Food Programme.
“We have a choice: act now in the face of these unprecedented needs, to save lives and invest in solutions that ensure stability and peace for all. Otherwise, we will see people all over the world facing growing food insecurity – and even famine – driving migration, unrest and conflict.”
“There is now a very real danger that food and nutritional needs around the world may soon outpace the ability of the World Food Program or any organization to respond,” Balanche said.
Meanwhile, in a separate report, the heads of global humanitarian and financial institutions warned:
The war in Ukraine continues to exacerbate the global food security and nutrition crisis, with high and volatile energy, food and fertilizer prices, restrictive trade policies and supply chain disruptions.
Despite the postponement of global food prices and the resumption of grain exports from the Black Sea, food remains out of reach for many due to price hikes and weather shocks. The number of people facing acute food insecurity around the world is expected to continue to rise.
Fertilizer markets remain volatile, especially in Europe, where shortages of natural gas supplies and high prices have put many urea and ammonia producers out of business. This may reduce fertilizer application rates for the next crop season, prolonging the impact of the crisis and increasing its depth.
None of this should come as a surprise to readers. As we noted recently, David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program, recently noted that the world’s food security conditions “worstFrom what was observed during the Arab Spring more than a decade ago.
The FAO World Food Index remains stable above the levels that sparked social unrest across the Middle East and toppled governments in 2011, known as the “Arab Spring”.
It seems that the global food crisis may raise its ugly head in 2023. We have indicated that The stage is preparing for a massive global shortage of riceand asked: “The Great Food Crisis Coming in 2023?”
It is important to know that countries most vulnerable to food shortages are at risk of social unrest. It might be best to avoid those areas in 2023.
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