The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday that around 41 million people worldwide are at imminent risk of famine.
“We now have four countries where famine-like conditions are present. Meanwhile, 41 million people are literally knocking on famine’s door,” said David Beasley, the WFP’s Executive Director.
World hunger has been rising since 2016 after several decades of a declining trend, driven primarily by world conflict and climate change.
Increasing prices for basic foods were compounding existing pressures on food security. World food prices rose in May to their highest levels in a decade. Basic foods like cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat, and sugar increase up to a combined 40% compared with prices some years ago.
Beasley appealed for more funding and that they need it now. The WFP is funded entirely by voluntary donations. It needs to raise around US$6 billion immediately to reach those at risk in 43 countries.
The WFP said around 9% of the world’s population, equivalent to nearly 690 million people, go to bed hungry each night.
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