Red Cross Warns of Dire Food Shortages In Sub-Saharan Africa

Scaling up climate resilience across food systems is among the actions needed to counter rising hunger and malnutrition, United Nations General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid said on Monday July 18, 2022, at a special meeting to address the global food crisis.

Factors including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and ongoing conflicts resulted in nearly a billion people going hungry last year, he said. The World Bank has warned that the conflict in Ukraine will plunge an additional 95 million people into extreme poverty, and 50 million into severe hunger, this year.

Earlier in July 2022, Voice of America reported that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had warned that hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa were going hungry due to conflict, climate shocks, and rising food prices triggered by Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. The ICRC warned that Africa's food crisis is set to worsen. It said conflict and armed violence, failing harvests due to years of drought, and increases in food and other commodity prices were driving more people into extreme poverty and hunger.

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