I got a press release from the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) , an international alliance of the United Nations, the European Union, governmental and non-governmental agencies, announcing its latest annual report on Global Food Crises.
Its main findings:
About 193 million people in 53 countries or territories experienced acute food insecurity at crisis or worse levels than in 2021.
The countries in worst trouble are Ethiopia, southern Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen; these require urgent action to head off widespread collapse of livelihoods, starvation and death.
Why is this happening? The key drivers:
- Conflict: the Ukraine war
- Weather extremes: climate change
- Economic shocks: the COVID-19 pandemic
What needs to be done?
- Address root causes: structural rural poverty, marginalization, population growth and fragile food systems
- Prioritize smallholder agriculture
- Promote structural changes to the way external financing is distributed,
- Promote more efficient and sustainable ways of providing humanitarian assistance
- Avoid further conflicts
Good luck with that. These are the political challenges of our time.