FAO Reports Surge in Hunger Stats for 2023, Affecting More Families

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Soaring numbers of people in acute food insecurity in 2023: FAO

The number of people facing acute food insecurity rose to some 282 million in 2023, the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday, reported Xinhua.

This is an increase of 24 million since 2022, the FAO stressed in its latest Global Report on Food Crisis.

The number of people on the brink of famine also rose to over 700,000 last year, almost double the number registered in 2022.

The UN agency called for an "urgent response."

"One of the most important findings (in the report) is that … the percentage of the assessed population in acute food insecurity remained stubbornly high in 2023," FAO Director of Emergencies and Resilience Rein Paulsen warned.

The root causes were wars, extreme climate events, and economic crises combined with "inadequate action." Especially the Israel-Hamas conflict and the war in Sudan were identified as key factors contributing to the escalating global emergency.

"The Gaza Strip has the highest number of people facing catastrophic hunger ever recorded by the Global Report on Food Crises, even as blocked aid trucks line up at the border," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed in the foreword to the report.

Over 281.6 million people — or 21.5 percent of the population assessed in the report — faced high levels of acute food insecurity last year across 59 countries and territories.

On the other hand, the situation improved in other 17 countries, which resulted in 7.2 million fewer people suffering acute food insecurity in the same period.

Nevertheless, the report warned that the outlook for 2024 is bleak, with no substantial improvement forecast, and with wars, extreme weather, weak purchasing power in low-income countries, and a decrease in humanitarian funding expected to keep affecting populations already experiencing food insecurity.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

9 Comments
  1. Emily1990 says

    It’s heartbreaking to see the increasing numbers of people in acute food insecurity. The FAO report highlights the urgent need for global response and action to address the root causes behind this crisis.

  2. EmilyDavis says

    It is heartbreaking to see that the numbers of people in acute food insecurity continue to rise. Urgent action is needed to address the root causes of this global crisis, such as wars, extreme climate events, and economic instability.

  3. EmmaSmith89 says

    It’s truly heartbreaking to see the numbers of people facing acute food insecurity on the rise. Urgent action is needed to address the root causes and provide necessary aid to those in need.

  4. EmilyBrown2023 says

    It’s truly heartbreaking to see such a significant increase in hunger statistics for 2023. The fact that more families are being affected by acute food insecurity is alarming. We must take urgent action to address the root causes, including wars, extreme climate events, and economic crises. My heart goes out to all those who are suffering from this crisis.

  5. SarahSmith82 says

    How can we ensure a more effective response to these increasing hunger statistics? What immediate actions are being taken to address this crisis?

    1. JohnDoe74 says

      Ensuring a more effective response to the increasing hunger statistics requires a multi-faceted approach. Immediate actions being taken to address this crisis include providing emergency food aid, supporting sustainable agriculture initiatives, and strengthening social safety nets. It’s crucial for governments, international organizations, and communities to work together towards long-term solutions that address the root causes of food insecurity.

  6. EmilySmith97 says

    It’s heartbreaking to see the surge in hunger stats for 2023. The number of people facing acute food insecurity continues to rise, and the urgent response needed is undeniable. We must address the root causes of wars, climate events, and economic crises to prevent this crisis from worsening.

  7. EmmaSmith85 says

    How can we as a global community come together to address the root causes of acute food insecurity highlighted in the FAO report? What specific actions can individuals take to make a meaningful impact in alleviating hunger for those affected?

    1. JohnDoe78 says

      Global collaboration is essential in tackling the root causes of acute food insecurity. As individuals, we can support local food banks, reduce food waste, and advocate for sustainable agricultural practices. Every small action counts towards making a difference in alleviating hunger for those in need.

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