Over a Quarter of a Billion Faced Severe Hunger in 2022 - ReportMay 10, 2023
About 259 million people in 58 countries and territories experienced acute food insecurity in 2022, up from 193 million individuals from 53 countries in 2021. These figures are according to the Global Report on Food Crises released by the Food Security Information Network.
“More than a quarter of a billion people are now facing acute levels of hunger, and some are on the brink of starvation. That's unconscionable,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres wrote in the report's foreword.
The report's 2022 findings provide the highest count of people experiencing hunger for the last seven years. Economic shocks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine were found to be the main drivers of food crises, especially in the world's poorest areas because of their high dependence on imported food and agricultural products which are vulnerable to global food price impacts. Aside from economic shocks and conflicts, weather/climate extremes such as drought, flooding, tropical storms, and cyclones, also contributed to the food crises.
“This crisis demands fundamental, systemic change. This report makes clear that progress is possible. We have the data and know-how to build a more resilient, inclusive, sustainable world where hunger has no home — including through stronger food systems, and massive investments in food security and improved nutrition for all people, no matter where they live,” the UN Secretary-General added.
You might also like:
- FAO and WFP Warn of Looming Food Crisis, 20 Hunger Hotspots Identified
- COVID-19 Driving Up Hunger in Food Crisis Hotspots, Urgent Action Necessary
- Global Report Reveals Scope of Food Crises as COVID-19 Poses New Risks to Vulnerable Countries
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
- Protein Responsible for Strawberry’s Signature Red Color Identified
- Gene Editing Provides Promise to Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain
- Scientists Discover Puzzling Nature of RNA Editing in Plants
- Experts Promote Genome Editing Regulations that Consider Societal Benefits
- Bacterium Transfers Own Genes into Plants to Give Them Superpowers
- Genomic Surveillance Identifies Emerging Wheat Disease Fungus
- Filipino Scientists Develop Easy, Affordable and Efficient Method of Fish Spawning
- First Plant-based Meat Substitute Facility in Abu Dhabi Launched
- Over a Quarter of a Billion Faced Severe Hunger in 2022 - Report
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (November 22, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (November 15, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: