There is a “real risk” of multiple famines this year, UN Chief Antonio Guterres said on Friday, urging food security participants to take practical steps to stabilize food markets and reduce food price volatility. the base.
“We are facing an unprecedented global crisis of famine. The war in Ukraine has aggravated years-old problems: climate disruption, the COVID-19 pandemic, the deeply uneven recovery, “Guterres told a video of the Berlin meeting.
More than 460,000 people in Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan are starving, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase (IPC), a unit used by UN agencies to determine food insecurity. This is the prelude to famine in a region.
Millions of people in 34 other countries are on the brink of starvation, according to the CPI.
“There is a real risk that more periods of famine will be declared in 2022. And in 2023 it could be even worse,” Guterres said, describing mass hunger and starvation as unacceptable in the 21st century.
Guterres also said there could be no effective solution to the crisis unless Ukraine and Russia, which produce about 29 percent of world wheat exports, find a way to resume trade.
Transport from Ukrainian ports was stopped by Russia’s invasion of the neighboring country. Moscow wants some Western sanctions to be lifted to resume grain and fertilizer exports.
The UN and Turkey are trying to mediate an agreement.
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