Tackling the global food crisis

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    Le Page, Michael [Author]

    Publisher New Scientist
    Year of publication 2022 May 28

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    Economics & commerce > Feeding the World


    food security

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    Global food crisis is leaving millions hungry, but there are solutions
    A storm of events is pushing food prices higher, exacerbating the hunger and malnutrition already experienced by hundreds of millions of people around the world

    Hundreds of millions of people around the world are going hungry as food prices continue to rise as a result of everything from the coronavirus pandemic to India’s extreme heatwave to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Without meaningful action to make food more affordable, we may see starvation and political upheaval.

    “The war in Ukraine, on top of all the other global crises, threatens tens of millions of people with food insecurity, malnutrition, mass hunger & famine. There is enough food in our world for everyone, but we must act together, urgently & with solidarity,” tweeted António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, on 19 May.

    Food prices had already reached an all-time high before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Globally, nearly 300 million people – another record high – weren’t getting enough food, and, of those, 50 million were “knocking on famine’s door”, said the head of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley, at a UN Security Council meeting on 19 May.

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