“The world is facing a global hunger crisis of unprecedented proportions in 2022, and we are at a critical crossroads.” observes World Food Program (WFP) in a recent statement. WFP reports that 49 million people are currently at risk of starvation, while 276 million others face acute food insecurity. That number could rise to 323 million later this year.
“There’s absolutely no reason for people to starve today,” said Brian Lander, WFP’s deputy director of emergency. “There is enough food in the world to feed everyone, so it is crucial that we act now to prevent starvation.”
Lander is right. The latest from the US Department of Agriculture Report on world agricultural production notes that total world grain production is projected to be slightly higher this year than last. Wheat production seems to be equal, while corn and rice are slightly higher. For context, since 2001, global corn production has been doubled, wheat production increased by a third and rice production increased by nearly 30 percent. During this time, the world’s population grew by 25 percent.
So, if there is enough food, why is there a global trend towards lower hunger levels lately? inverted? “Today, there is no global food shortage in the world, but food is quite expensive and people’s wages have not yet been adjusted.” said David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute. “The main problem is that we have problems with moving this food, either because of the war or because of the war export restrictions. “
As a result, world food prices have reached high for all time earlier this year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Price increases are the result of concatenation of events resulting from disturbances caused by Russian invasion of Ukraine, including rising fuel and fertilizer prices and blocked grain exports. In addition, WFP notes“Conflict it is still the biggest driver of hunger, with 60 percent of the world’s hungry living in areas affected by war and violence. “
In a world with more than enough food to feed everyone, despotic government brutality and stupidity are causing famine again.