In an open letter to world leaders, more than 200 NGOs called for decisive international action to ‘end the spiraling global hunger crisis’.
It is estimated that every four seconds a person dies of starvation.
In one open letter Addressing world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, 238 organizations from 75 countries – including Oxfam, Save the Children and Plan International – expressed outrage at soaring hunger levels.
They said in a statement: “There are now 345 million people experiencing severe hunger, a number that has more than doubled since 2019.
“Despite promises from world leaders that there will never be another famine in the 21st century, famine is once again imminent in Somalia. Around the world, they say, 50 million people are on the brink of starvation in 45 countries.
Pointing out that an estimated 19,700 people die of hunger every day, NGOs report that one person dies of hunger every four seconds.
Mohanna Ahmed Ali Eljabaly from the Yemen Family Care Association, one of the signatories of the letter, said: “It is appalling that with all the technology in agriculture and harvesting techniques today, we still talking about hunger in the 21st century.
“This is not about one country or one continent and hunger is never about one cause. This is about the injustice of the whole of humanity,” he said.
“We cannot wait any longer to focus on providing immediate lifesaving food and longer term support so people can take charge of their future and provide for themselves and their families. their family.”
According to the organizations, the global hunger crisis is fueled by “a deadly combination of poverty, social injustice, gender inequality, conflict, climate change and economic shocks”. along with the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic and war in Ukraineincrease food prices even more.
Russia and Ukraine are the third and fourth largest grain exporters in the world, respectively, while Russia is also a major exporter of fuels and fertilizers.
The war, now in its seventh month, has disrupted their exports, pushed world food prices to record levels and sparked protests in developing countries already grappling with food shortages. Food prices soar due to issues related to the COVID-19 supply chain.
“Those with the power and money to change this must work together to better respond to current crises and prevent and prepare for future crises,” they said. .
Earlier this year, UN agencies warning In a report, the agencies said nearly 10 percent of the world’s population was affected by hunger last year – 46 million more than in 2020 and 150 million more than in 2019.