Hunger is stalking the world. In 2017 the UN vowed to eradicate it by 2030. Yet the number of people affected globally reached 828 million last year, and an unprecedented 345 million are currently experiencing acute food insecurity. Since May 2020 there has been a 55% increase in the food price index. The head of the World Food Programme said, ‘We thought it could not get any worse’ - but the Ukraine war has worsened freight and fertiliser costs due to rising fuel prices, and has blocked ports. Ukraine and Russia previously accounted for almost one-third of global wheat exports. Many middle-income countries have spent large parts of their reserves due to the pandemic. Even in wealthier countries, more parents are going hungry to feed their children. In low-income countries rising prices are deadly. Around 2.3 billion people face moderate or severe difficulty obtaining enough to eat, which could result in social unrest and political violence.
Global: hunger - no time to loseWritten by David Fletcher 15 Jul 2022
- Pray: for the G7 leaders to pledge more money than they have already given to tackle the food crisis, and for the USA to prioritise grain for human consumption over biofuels. (Proverbs 31:8-9)
- More: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/07/the-guardian-view-on-the-global-food-crisis-no-time-to-lose