Hunger hit an all-time high in 2021, according to a report published by UN and EU agencies with the UN has also predicting an even gloomier outlook as the war in Ukraine hits global food production, saying that the number of people without enough to eat on a daily basis is poised to reach "appalling" new levels.
In 2021, some 193 million people in 53 countries were at "acute" risk of hunger, data showed, a jump of almost 40 million people compared to the 2020 figure. Well over half a million people in Ethiopia, South Sudan, southern Madagascar and Yemen were at risk of starvation in 2021.
A "toxic triple combination" of conflict, weather extremes and the economic effects of the COVID pandemic were cited as crucial to the decline in food security. Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Syria and Nigeria has contributed to the deterioration in global food security. Climate change causing extreme weather has exacerbated the situation.