Russia’s war in Ukraine will make world hunger worsen after spiking 25% before the war
The number of people going hungry surged by 25% in 2021, according to the Global Network Against Food Crises, and the toll is likely to rise further as Russia’s war in Ukraine sends food prices ever higher.
A total of almost 193 million people across 53 countries or territories suffered acute food insecurity last year, meaning their lack of meals posed an immediate threat to their lives or livelihoods, the report says. That’s up from 155 million people in 55 countries for the prior year.
The hunger crisis looks poised to worsen as the war in Ukraine disrupts harvests and exports from one of the top grain and vegetable-oil suppliers. A gauge of world food prices has soared to a record — eclipsing levels seen in 2008 and 2011 that contributed to global food crises — piling pressure on governments from Sri Lanka to Peru. That’s helping to spark a wave of protectionism as some exporters curb overseas crop sales to ensure local supplies.