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Conflict and climate change will see 200-million people go hungry this year

The war in Ukraine, strife in other countries and extreme weather are driving food insecurity

Megan Durisin

The number of people going hungry surged by 25% last year and the toll is rising as the war in Ukraine sends food prices ever higher.

Conflicts in countries such as Ethiopia and Afghanistan have worsened crises there and economic shocks from the Covid-19 pandemic curbed food access in almost two dozen nations, the Global Network Against Food Crises said in a report. Extreme weather, such as severe drought in Madagascar, is also worsening the problem. 

Almost 193-million people in 53 countries or territories suffered acute food insecurity in 2021, meaning their lack of meals posed an immediate threat to their lives or livelihoods, the international alliance said. That’s up from 155-million in 55 countries for the prior year and a record in the six years since the report began. The outlook is expected to “deteriorate further” this year...

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