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World Hunger ‘Exploding’ After 25% Spike Before Ukraine War

  • Number of people hungry surged 25% last year, report shows
  • Toll may rise further as Ukraine war sends food prices higher
In 2021, almost 193 million people across 53 countries or territories suffered acute food insecurity.

In 2021, almost 193 million people across 53 countries or territories suffered acute food insecurity.

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The global hunger crisis is “exploding” as the war in Ukraine sends prices of key staples even higher, following a 25% spike in food insecurity last year. 

The comment from the chief economist at the World Food Programme came as the Global Network Against Food Crises warned that the hunger problem is expected to “deteriorate further” this year. A gauge of world food prices has soared to a record as the Ukraine war disrupts harvests and exports from one of the world’s top grain and vegetable-oil suppliers.