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FAO and WFP Warn of Looming Food Crisis, 20 Hunger Hotspots Identified

June 9, 2022

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) issued a blunt notice about multiple, looming food crises, driven by conflict, climate chocks, COVID-19 pandemic fallout, and massive public debt burdens, and further intensified by the war in Ukraine, pushing the food and fuel price to accelerate in many countries worldwide. A new report identified 20 hunger hotspots where immediate humanitarian action is necessary.

“We are deeply concerned about the combined impacts of overlapping crises jeopardizing people's ability to produce and access foods, pushing millions more into extreme levels of acute food insecurity,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu. “We are in a race against time to help farmers in the most affected countries, including by rapidly increasing potential food production and boosting their resilience in the face of challenges”.

According to the report titled Hunger Hotspots, climate shocks continue to drive acute hunger, indicating that a “new normal” has started where droughts, flooding, hurricanes, and cyclones repeatedly devastate farming and livestock rearing, drive population displacement, and push millions to the brink in countries around the world.

Read the report from FAO and WFP.

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