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An international report warns of a stifling food crisis that will blow the world

An international report warns of a stifling food crisis that will blow the world

An international report warned of the repercussions of the Covid-19 epidemic, conflicts and climate change on global food security, which fell to its lowest level in five years during the year 2020. Details

An international report warns of a stifling food crisis that will blow the world


An international report warned of the repercussions of the Covid-19 epidemic, conflicts and climate change on global food security, which fell to its lowest level in five years, during the year 2020.


The report issued by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program indicated that 155 million people in 55 countries faced severe food shortages in 2020, an increase of 20 million from 2019.


"We must work together to prevent a further deterioration of the situation," France Press quoted the Director-General of the FAO, Qu Dongyu, as saying in a video conference, describing the new global report on food crises as a call for "urgent humanitarian action."


The Global Network to Combat Food Crises, which includes the three international organizations, said last year that 28 million people in 28 countries suffer from emergency levels of acute hunger, and that the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen and Afghanistan are the most affected.


This year's report indicated that 133,000 people live in the most dangerous stages of food insecurity, in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen, indicating that they need urgent food assistance to prevent the spread of death due to hunger.


Africa remains the continent most affected by food shortages, with 98 million people affected, or 63 percent of global cases, up from 54 percent compared to 2019.


Commenting on the figures in the report, Dominique Bourgeon, Director of Emergencies at FAO, said: "For 100 million people who faced a severe food crisis in 2020, the main cause was related to conflict and insecurity, compared to 77 million in a year."


The economic crisis was the main cause of hunger for 40 million last year, compared to 24 million in 2019.


According to Borgon, climate issues affect the food security of about 15 million people around the world.


The Director of Emergency in the "FAO" stressed that the continued restrictions imposed to combat the Corona virus in most parts of the world, will make the next year very difficult, which will exacerbate food security in already fragile economies.


Borgon estimated the number of people who would be affected by these restrictions at 142 million in 40 countries.

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