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Acute food insecurity soars to five-year high warns Global Report on Food Crises

05/05/2021

JOINT EU / FAO / WFP NEWS RELEASE

The number of people facing acute food insecurity and needing urgent life and livelihood-saving assistance has hit a five-year high in 2020 in countries beset by food crises, an annual report launched today by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) - an international alliance of the UN, the EU, governmental and non-governmental agencies working to tackle food crises together - has found.

The stark warning from the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises reveals that conflict, or economic shocks that are often related to COVID-19 along with extreme weather, are continuing to push millions of people into acute food insecurity.

Report's key findings:

The Global Network Against Food Crises report reveals that at least 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity at Crisis or worse levels (IPC/CH Phase 3-5) across 55 countries/territories in 2020 - an increase of around 20 million people from the previous year, and raises a stark warning about a worrisome trend: acute food insecurity has kept up its relentless rise since 2017 - the first edition of the report.

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