A combination of factors is driving millions around the world into food insecurity conditions. And, the crisis is causing hunger and death.
Part of the surge is caused by economic woes made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic that countries are still dealing with. Add to that rising food and gas prices. Plus, a surge in inflation.
In places like the Horn of Africa climate change is also adding to the problem. The region is experiencing some of the worst drought conditions in decades.
Meanwhile, the conflict in Ukraine and the disruption to food supplies has also had a negative effect.
- Christiane Rudert is UNICEF’s regional nutrition advisor in Eastern and Southern Africa
- Omar Shaban is analyst on the political-economy of the Middle East
- Parvin Ngala is Regional Dir., Horn East, Central Africa and Southern Africa Cluster, Oxfam International
- Maya Takagi is International officer of FAO in Latin America and the Caribbean
“We are preventing the danger of hunger which is awaiting billions of people from the Middle East to Africa”
Türkiye’s President Erdogan highlights the importance of Ankara-brokered Ukrainian grain exports deal to providing food security amid surging crisis around the world pic.twitter.com/IlCmSb5UMj
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Somalia's second biggest river, the Shabelle, is running dry according to state-owned Somali National TV.
Millions of people are reportedly at risk of famine as a result of one of the worst droughts the country has experienced.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) June 23, 2022
— CNN (@CNN) July 7, 2022
Ijabu Hassan lost two children to malnutrition—but she’s had little time to grieve as she fights to keep the rest of her family alive.
Learn more about the looming famine in Somalia and what the IRC is doing to help: https://t.co/aQkd5TELlN
— IRC – International Rescue Committee (@RESCUEorg) July 21, 2022