Acute hunger will increase in over 20 countries if the global community does not take action soon, the United Nations said in a report by the World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Around the world, 34 million people already suffer from extreme malnutrition, which means they are close to dying from starvation.
"We are seeing a catastrophe unfold before our very eyes. Famine — driven by conflict, and fueled by climate shocks and the COVID-19 hunger pandemic — is knocking on the door for millions of families," said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.
The editorial of Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (USA) commented on a study from McGill University and the University of Minnesota published in the journal Nature