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UN: 41 million people in 43 countries are at risk of famine

The World Food Program (of the United Nations) warned that about 41 million people in 43 countries face the risk of famine, if urgent funding is not provided to avert this disaster, compared to 27 million people in 2019.


David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP, said in a statement today, Tuesday, in Geneva, that conflict, climate change and economic shocks have led to high rates of hunger, pointing out that pressures on food security are exacerbated by the high prices of basic foods this year, as global maize prices rose by nearly 90% On an annual basis, wheat prices increased by almost 30% during the same period.


The UN official explained that the depreciation of the currency in many countries leads to an increase in these pressures and pushes prices to rise.


He pointed out that this year, the UN program is implementing the largest operation in its history targeting 139 million people, and that with adequate funding and access, the program will be able to provide all those at risk of starvation in 2021 with life-saving food and food assistance.