Report Reveals Food Insecurity on the Rise

Written by on 6 May, 2021

By: Staff Writer

At least 155 million people faced crisis levels of food insecurity last year because of conflict, extreme weather events, and economic shocks linked in part to COVID-19.

This is according to figures from the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC) which was released yesterday.

This is an increase of around 20 million people from 2019. Among the 39 countries/ territories included in the GRFC since 2016, the number of people in Crisis or worse or equivalent has increased from 94 million to 147 million people, reflecting worsening levels and wider geographical coverage.

Among the ten countries with the worst food crises were the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Haiti.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s, Dominique Burgeon, says urgent humanitarian action is needed to prevent widespread famine from breaking out.

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