The number of hungry people has more than doubled since the start of the corona crisis

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Worldwide, at least 345 million people currently do not have enough to eat, the United Nations reported on Monday. This is more than double before the start of the corona crisis, when there were 135 million people in “severe food insecurity”.

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) lists four causes of increased hunger. First, conflicts lead to less food security, as shown for example by the war in Ukraine. Large quantities of grain cannot leave the country because the Russian fleet is blocking the Black Sea.

In addition, the harvest can be ruined by natural disasters, many people have been suffering from the consequences of the corona crisis since 2020 and food prices have risen sharply around the world. The WFP says it pays 44% more for food than before the corona crisis.

Currently, resources are therefore insufficient to meet the basic needs of hungry people. WFP is forced to cut food rations due to lack of money to help more people in starvation.

“We have been forced to make the heartbreaking decision to reduce portion sizes for the people who depend on us for their survival,” the humanitarian organization writes on its website.

Without food aid from organizations such as the UN, many people risk death. In Africa in particular, the situation threatens to be fatal for many people. Last week, the World Food Program forced the suspension of aid to South Sudan, leaving 1.7 million people without food.

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