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774. Global Report on Food Crises 2023

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774. Global Report on Food Crises 2023

The Global Report on Food Crisis 2023 (GRFC 2023) has been released. The report is published by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN), a collaboration of 16 partners supported by the Global Network against Food Crises (GNAFC).

The 2023 edition estimates that 258 million people in 58 food-insecure countries and territories were acutely food insecure (IPC/CH Phase 3 or higher) and in need of immediate food assistance in 2022. This is the highest number in the seven-year history of the GRFC. In 2021, the number was estimated at 193 million people in 53 countries/territories.

The number of people facing acute food insecurity has increased for four consecutive years. This is partly due to an increase in the number of countries analyzed, but also because the numbers remain high in some countries and the situation is worsening in others. Under these conditions, it will be difficult to achieve the goal of eradicating hunger by 2030.

Food insecurity is caused by recurrent shocks and is the result of interrelated and reinforcing factors such as conflict and insecurity, economic shocks, and extreme weather events, which have been further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and multiple cycles of drought and other extreme weather events.

The international community often waits for an IPC/CH level 5 classification before taking humanitarian action, but by then it is often too late. An early response is necessary because early intervention can protect people at a lower cost.

Note: IPC/CH levels of food insecurity: (1) none/minimal, (2) stressed, (3) crisis, (4) emergency, and (5) catastrophe/famine




Contributor: SHIRATORI Sakiko (Information and Public Relations Office)

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