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International organizations warn of food crisis in Asia

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FAO and other UN agencies said in a report that more and more people in Asia are food insecure and food insecurity is rising due to high prices and exacerbating poverty.

Almost half a billion people were malnourished in 2021, more than eight in ten in South Asia, and more than one billion people were moderately to severely food insecure, the report said.

Globally, the prevalence of food insecurity rose to over 29 percent in 2021, up from 21 percent in 2014.

The report says that the corona virus pandemic has been a major setback and has led to losses and massive job cuts, while events in Ukraine have pushed up the price of food, energy and fertilizer, making it impossible to provide adequate nutrition for millions of people. .

The report is the fifth annual study by FAO, UNICEF, WHO and WFP on food insecurity and hunger.

No progress has been made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, and the situation is getting worse as more and more people lose their resources to have enough food.

The FAO Food Price Index has risen in recent years, setting a record in March 2022.

The rate of decline in commodity prices slowed at the end of last year, but is still 28% higher than in 2020.

Source: AB

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