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WFP projects 345.2mn to be food insecure globally in 2023

WFP projects 345.2mn to be food insecure globally in 2023

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2 Apr 2023 - 16:18
WFP projects 345.2mn to be food insecure globally in 2023
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2 Apr 2023 - 16:18

KABUL (Pajhwok): The World Food Programme (WFP) has projected over 345 million people to be food insecurity in 2023, according to a statement on Sunday.

The scale of the current global hunger and malnutrition crisis is enormous, with an expected 345.2 million people projected to be food insecure – more than double the number in 2020, WFP statement said.

An expected 345.2 million people projected to be food insecure in 2023 – more than double the number in 2020. This constitutes a staggering rise of 200 million people compared to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

More than 900,000 people worldwide are fighting to survive in famine-like conditions. This is ten times more than five years ago, an alarmingly rapid increase. An immediate response is needed. The global community must not fail on its promise to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030. 

WFP is facing multiple challenges – the number of acutely hungry people continues to increase at a pace that funding is unlikely to match, while the cost of delivering food assistance is at an all-time high because food and fuel prices have increased.

Unmet needs heighten the risk of hunger and malnutrition. Unless the necessary resources are made available, lost lives and the reversal of hard-earned development gains will be the price to pay.

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