One person is estimated to be dying of hunger every four seconds. 19,700 people are estimated to be dying of hunger every day, which translates to one person dying of hunger every four seconds.
238 organisations from 75 countries – including Oxfam and Save the Children have warned that urging decisive international action is required to “end the spiralling global hunger crisis”.
In an open letter addressing world leaders gathering in New York for the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, they expressed outrage at skyrocketing hunger levels.
“A staggering 345 million people are now experiencing acute hunger, a number that has more than doubled since 2019,” they said.
“Despite promises from world leaders to never allow famine again in the 21st century, famine is once more imminent in Somalia. Around the world, 50 million people are on the brink of starvation in 45 countries,” they said.
“It is abysmal that with all the technology in agriculture and harvesting techniques today we are still talking about famine in the 21st century,” Mohanna Ahmed Ali Eljabaly from the Yemen Family Care Association said. “This is not about one country or one continent and hunger never only has one cause. This is about the injustice of the whole of humanity.”
According to the organisations, the global hunger crisis has been fuelled by a “deadly mix of poverty, social injustice, gender inequality, conflict, climate change, and economic shocks”, along with the lingering impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine, which further increased food prices.