Report from Global Network on Food Crises shows highest number of people facing acute food insecurity since 2017

The latest edition of the Global Report on Food Crises shows that in 2022, around 258 million people across 58 countries faced high levels of acute food insecurity requiring urgent assistance.

Some 22.7% of the analysed population was affected, which are the highest figures since the report was first published in 2017. The number of people battling acute hunger and suffering from malnutrition is alarming, highest in the last seven years.

The global economic shocks set in motion by the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s war against Ukraine, together with weather extremes and armed conflicts in some other countries, are driving millions of people into acute food insecurity and malnutrition.

The Report is produced by the Global Network against Food Crises launched by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme in 2016.

The EU is a founding member and the main funder of the Global Network against Food Crises, and participates in the Senior Steering Group that provides strategic guidance to the Network. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is also part of the technical team that analyses the data of the report each year as well as of the Senior Committee.

The EU invests in finding a sustainable medium and long-term solution to food security challenges, while also delivering emergency assistance to people facing humanitarian crises.

We promote sustainable and resilient food systems and support our partner countries’ strategic autonomy. Together with the Member States, the EU has mobilised almost €18 billion to help partner countries address the global food crisis until 2024.

Almost €7 billion has already been disbursed just in 2022. The EU has launched targeted initiatives to boost local food production and decrease dependence on unsustainable imports. Furthermore, we actively support the African Free Continental Trade Area to enhance intra-regional agri-food trade.

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